Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience

2015 Edition
| Editors: Dieter Jaeger, Ranu Jung

Rhythm Perception: Pulse and Meter

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6675-8_106



Pulse and meter are perceptual/attentional responses to patterns of timing and stress in acoustic rhythms. Pulse corresponds to the perception of periodicity, while meter corresponds to the perception of alternating strong and weak beats. Pulse and meter are thought to arise as cortical rhythms entrain to acoustic rhythms, influencing temporal expectancy and attention. Computational models of pulse and meter as neural resonance to acoustic rhythms are based on theoretical models of neural oscillation.

Detailed Description

Musical rhythm is of considerable interest as a model system for the study of rhythmic communication. In music, rhythms are often perceived to have a pulse or basic beat in the approximate range of 0.5–4 Hz (London 2004). Meter corresponds to the percept of alternating strong and weak beats (Lerdahl and Jackendoff 1983) and, metrical...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA