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We present new methods for studying pre-schoolers’ rhythmic and music-synchronization abilities. 46 children (2 – 4 years of age) were presented with a familiar excerpt of music, in as natural a setting as possible, and their movements recorded with an optical motion capture system and standard video camera. In order to examine the synchronization process,(More)
Music has the capacity to induce movement in humans. Such responses during music listening are usually spontaneous and range from tapping to full-body dancing. However, it is still unclear how humans embody musical structures to facilitate entrainment. This paper describes two experiments, one dealing with period locking to different metrical levels in(More)
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Music makes us move. Several factors can affect the characteristics of such movements, including individual factors or musical features. For this study, we investigated the effect of rhythm- and timbre-related musical features as well as tempo on movement characteristics. Sixty participants were presented with 30 musical stimuli representing different(More)
Movements are capable of conveying emotions, as shown for instance in studies on both non-verbal gestures and music-specific movements performed by instrumentalists or professional dancers. Since dancing/moving to music is a common human activity, this study aims at investigating whether quasi-spontaneous musicinduced movements of non-professional dancers(More)
Music and bodily movement are closely linked. Often, the movements associated with music are synchronized with the beat, or tactus, of the music. The latter refers to the subjective sense of periodicity in music evoked by temporal regularities in the acoustical signal. In addition to the tactus, we perceive other pulses with different periods. These are(More)
The music cognition team (MCT) is part of the Department of Music of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. The city of Jyväskylä is located in the heart of the lake region of Finland, at 62 of Northern latitude. The University of Jyväskylä is one of the leading research universities of Finland. The Department of Music comprises about 40 staff members and(More)
K E Y W O R D S : conducting, gestures, visual beat perception Psychology of Music Psychology of Music Copyright © 2008 Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research vol 36(1): 81–99 [0305-7356 (200801) 36:1; 81–99] 10.1177/0305735607080832 http://pom.sagepub.com 080832.qxd 12/20/2007 4:48 PM Page 81 distribution. © 2008 Society for Education, Music,(More)