Our research is divided into four clusters that serve as gravitational points for the various theoretical and methodological approaches at the Centre.
We seek to understand why rhythms make us move, and how rhythm facilitates entrainment and interaction.
We investigate the structure and aesthetics of musical rhythm and their link to perceptual, cognitive and motor mechanisms.
- The fourMs Lab is a world-class research infrastructure for studies of human body movement and physiology in an immersive multimedia environment.
- FRONT neurolab has expertise in cognitive and clinical neuropsychology/neuroscience and cognitive/biological engineering.
- ROBIN aims to contribute to the development of ever more intelligent systems, including motion capture that allows precise tracking of human and robot motion.
- The Nordic Sound and Music Computing Network (NordicSMC) is a network project aimed at developing sound and music computing research excellence in the Nordic countries.
- RITPART is a network project with the aim of connecting RITMO to world-leading research groups in USA, Canada and Japan.
RITMO researchers employ a unique mix of perspectives, competences and infrastructures:
- Qualitative methods from the arts and humanities such as interviews, qualitative analyses, and aesthetic and cultural interpretation
- Quantitative methods from psychology and neuroscience such as behavioural experiments, motion capture and neuroimaging techniques
- Informatics, including machine learning, computer modelling, and rapid prototyping
Such a radically interdisciplinary approach to rhythm has never before been undertaken and allows for promising paths of interpretative exploration and investigation through carefully designed experimental work.