RITMO Seminar Series: Hierarchy in Rhythmic Cognition (Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna)

Professor Tecumseh Fitch will give a seminar lecture on "Hierarchy in Rhythmic Cognition" as part of the RITMO Seminar Series. 

Professor Tecumseh Fitch

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Although the role of hierarchical structure in musical harmony is widely appreciated, there are many open questions about the role of hierarchy in the perception and production of musical rhythm. I suggest that, in fact, rhythm provides some of the simplest and most elegant evidence for hierarchical cognition: rhythms are trees in time. I will also argue for a separation of the component mechanisms underlying pulse (tactus) and meter perception. Although the former is clearly shared with several animal species, the biological basis for the latter remains uncertain.



Tecumseh Fitch is Professor of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna and studies the biological basis of speech, music and language.

Published Jan. 14, 2020 10:02 AM - Last modified Mar. 26, 2020 3:11 PM