Research Program: Music Cognition and Action
How musical rhythms entrain the human brain:
Clarifying the neural mechanisms of sensory-motor entrainment to rhythms.
The ability to perceive metrical hierarchy of periodic
beats in complex musical rhythms appears to be universal among humans.
Moreover, people do not only perceive beats, but they often spontaneously
synchronize body movements to them, for instance by foot tapping, head rocking
or dancing (this is called sensory-motor entrainment). When we listen to music
we can often feel an "urge to move", a quality of music referred to as the
My research uses concepts and methods of psychology
and neuroscience to clarify the mechanisms, specifically the acoustic and
structural musical properties that make us move to music and boost
sensory-motor entrainment. For instance, why do bass-range instruments usually
keep the rhythm while high-pitched instruments play the melody? How are the
rhythmic properties of different instrumental layers of polyphonic music
integrated into a coherent metrical structure in the human brain?
To this end, I use behavioral methods and EEG
(frequency-tagging approach) to investigate the mechanisms underlying
sensory-motor and neural entrainment.
Qualifications and Honours
Bachelor of Psychology, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
Master of Cognitive Science, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
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