Rhythm and Beat Perception in Motor Areas of the Brain

  title={Rhythm and Beat Perception in Motor Areas of the Brain},
  author={Jessica A. Grahn and Matthew Brett},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
When we listen to rhythm, we often move spontaneously to the beat. This movement may result from processing of the beat by motor areas. Previous studies have shown that several motor areas respond when attending to rhythms. Here we investigate whether specific motor regions respond to beat in rhythm. We predicted that the basal ganglia and supplementary motor area (SMA) would respond in the presence of a regular beat. To establish what rhythm properties induce a beat, we asked subjects to… CONTINUE READING
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