The role of the motor system in beat perception and timing

RITMO visitor Prof. Ramesh Balasubramaniam from University of California, Merced will give this week's second Food & Paper

RITMO emblem alongside photo of Prof. Ramesh Balasubramaniam


Neural mechanisms supporting time perception are relevant to a broader understanding of how the human brain utilizes time in cognition and action. In this talk, I will focus on musical timing due to the extensive literature surrounding movement with and perception of musical rhythms. First, I will try to define commonly used but ambiguous concepts including neural entrainment, simulation and prediction in the context of musical timing. Next, I will summarize recent work from our laboratory on sensorimotor timing during perception and performance. And finally, I will review the behavioral and neural evidence for the role played by the motor system in time and rhythm perception.


Ramesh Balasubramaniam is a Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, Merced. His research focuses on sensorimotor control and learning with a special emphasis on rhythm and timing. His work is supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation.

Published May 18, 2022 11:29 AM - Last modified May 18, 2022 11:29 AM