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Our research is divided into four clusters that serve as gravitational points for the various theoretical and methodological approaches at the Centre.

Interaction and pleasure

A smiling face. Formed by an orange circle and inside that two blue lines and two points. Illustration.

We seek to understand why rhythms make us move, and how rhythm facilitates entrainment and interaction.

Structure and time

An orange circld and inside light blue and dark blue lines and four orange points. Illustration.

We investigate the structure and aesthetics of musical rhythm and their link to perceptual, cognitive and motor mechanisms.

Interaction and robotics

An orange circle and inside it a robot face. Illustration.

We investigate aspects of rhythm and motion through robotics and technology.

Structure and cognition

An orange circle and inside it points in different colours and other things. Illustration.

We try to expand our understanding of how rhythm and our sense of time are constructed in the human mind.

Research labs

  • 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.


Interdisciplinary research

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.