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Interaction and pleasure

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

Structure and time

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

Interaction and robotics

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

Structure and cognition

The goal is to expand our understanding of how rhythm and our sense of time are constructed in the human mind.

Research laboratories

fourMs (Music, Mind, Motion, Machines) is an interfacultary research lab focused on topics on the boundaries of music, cognition and technology. 

FRONT neurolab consists of postdoctoral fellows and research assistants with 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

In our research at RITMO we 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, 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.