Body Movement Selectively Shapes the Neural Representation of Musical Rhythms

  • Chemin B
  • Mouraux A
  • Nozaradan S
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It is increasingly recognized that motor routines dynamically shape the processing of sensory inflow (e.g., when hand movements are used to feel a texture or identify an object). In the present research, we captured the shaping of auditory perception by movement in humans by taking advantage of a specific context: music. Participants listened to a repeated rhythmical sequence before and after moving their bodies to this rhythm in a specific meter. We found that the brain responses to the rhythm (as recorded with electroencephalography) after body movement were significantly enhanced at frequencies related to the meter to which the participants had moved. These results provide evidence that body movement can selectively shape the subsequent internal representation of auditory rhythms.

Author-supplied keywords

  • EEG
  • auditory perception
  • body movement
  • musical-rhythm processing
  • neuronal entrainment
  • sensorimotor integration
  • steady-state evoked potentials

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