Experimental evidence for synchronization to a musical beat in a nonhuman animal.

  title={Experimental evidence for synchronization to a musical beat in a nonhuman animal.},
  author={Aniruddh D. Patel and John Rehner Iversen and Micah R. Bregman and Irena Schulz},
  journal={Current biology : CB},
  volume={19 10},
Vocal learning as a preadaptation for the evolution of human beat perception and synchronization
  • Aniruddh D. Patel
  • Biology, Psychology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
  • 2021
The vocal learning hypothesis is revised, arguing that an advanced form of vocal learning acts as a preadaptation for sporadic beat perception and synchronization (BPS), providing intrinsic rewards for predicting the temporal structure of complex acoustic sequences.
A California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) can keep the beat: motor entrainment to rhythmic auditory stimuli in a non vocal mimic.
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Finding the beat: a neural perspective across humans and non-human primates
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Mapping between sound, brain and behaviour: four-level framework for understanding rhythm processing in humans and non-human primates
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Spontaneous tempo and rhythmic entrainment in a bonobo (Pan paniscus).
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