Rhythm judgments reveal a frequency asymmetry in the perception and neural coding of sound synchrony.

@article{Wojtczak2017RhythmJR,
  title={Rhythm judgments reveal a frequency asymmetry in the perception and neural coding of sound synchrony.},
  author={Magdalena Wojtczak and Anahita H Mehta and Andrew J. Oxenham},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2017},
  volume={114 5},
  pages={1201-1206}
}
In modern Western music, melody is commonly conveyed by pitch changes in the highest-register voice, whereas meter or rhythm is often carried by instruments with lower pitches. An intriguing and recently suggested possibility is that the custom of assigning rhythmic functions to lower-pitch instruments may have emerged because of fundamental properties of the auditory system that result in superior time encoding for low pitches. Here we compare rhythm and synchrony perception between low- and… CONTINUE READING
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