The 123rd RCKC Colloquium "Rhythms and the brain: Studies of neural dynamics of beat perception" by Dr. John R. Iversen

Title Rhythms and the brain: Studies of neural dynamics of beat perception
Speaker Dr. John R. Iversen (Ph.D.) (University of California, San Diego Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, Institute for Neural Computation)
Date Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 13:30-14:30
Location Meeting Room for Joint Research 1 on the 3rd floor of ULIS bldg. in Kasuga Area
Abstract Rhythm and dance are a fundamental forms of human interaction. The ability to per-ceive rhythmic regularity and organize our movements around it is quite rare in the animal world, and provides a rich area in which to ask questions about the origins of music, and how our perceptions of the world are actively shaped in our brain. Music has turned out to be a powerful tool to study fundamental brain processes, such as how our perceptions of the world are jointly shaped by external stimuli and internal interpretation. In this talk I will present an overview of sever-al studies that have examined different as-pects of rhythm perception and production in humans, including the impact of culture on rhythm perception, comparison of rhythm per-ception in hearing and Deaf individuals, and the neurobiology of rhythm perception, leading to the ASAP (Action stimulation for auditory per-ception) hypothesis positing the importance of the motor system for auditory perception. We will also discuss the relevance of this work for education and health.
Participation The seminar will be presented in English. No charge to participate and no reservation is needed.


The 123rd Colloquium poster