[Smt-talk] Binary Bias in Metric Perception Studies

Justin London jlondon at carleton.edu
Tue Feb 28 17:06:06 PST 2012

Dear Laurel,

The earliest studies of subject rhythmization (see below) found that subjects more often tapped in 2s than 3s, but they typically didn't specifically analyze extent of the binary bias (many of these studies pre-date modern statistics).   This bias has been borne out by more recent tapping/behavioral studies, as well as some neurobiological studies (though the latter often have somewhat biased stimuli which tilt the listener toward a binary percept); here are a few cites, but Bruno Repp (2005) is a good place to start.

Hope this helps!
Subjective Rhythmization

Bolton, T. L. (1894). "Rhythm." The American Journal of Psychology 6(2): 145-238.

Woodrow, H. (1909). "A Quantitative Study of Rhythm." Archives of Psychology 14: 1-66.

Dunlap, K. (1910). "Reaction to rhythmic stimuli with attempt to synchronize." Psychological Review 17(6): 399-416.

Seashore, R. H. (1926). "Studies in Motor Rhythm." Psychological Monographs 36(1): 142-189.

Fraisse, P. (1982). Rhythm and Tempo. The Psychology of Music. D. Deutsch. New York, Academic Press: 149-180.


Tapping Studies

Snyder, J. and C. L. Krumhansl (2001). "Tapping to Ragtime: Cues to Pulsefinding." Music Perception 18(4): 455-489.

Toiviainen, P. and J. Snyder (2003). "Tapping to Bach: Resonance-Based Modelling of Pulse." Music Perception 21(1): 43-80.

Repp, B. H. (2005a). "Sensorimotor synchronization: A review of the tapping literature." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 12(6): 969-992.

Repp, B. (2005b). "Rate Limits of On-Beat and Off-Beat Tapping With Simple Auditory Rhythms: 1. Qualitative Observations." Music Perception 22(3): 479-496.

Repp, B. H. (2006). Musical synchronization. Altenmüller, Eckhart; Wiesendanger, Mario; Kesselring, Jörg (2006): Music, motor control and the brain. (pp. 55-76). New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press. xi, 327.

Repp, B. H. (2007). "Perceiving the numerosity of rapidly occurring auditory events in metrical and nonmetrical contexts." Perception & Psychophysics 69(4): 529-543.


Neurobiological Studies

Brochard, R., D. Abecasis, et al. (2003). "The "ticktock" of our internal clock: Direct brain evidence of subjective accents in isochronous sequences." Psychological Science 14(4): 362-366. 

Snyder, J. S. and E. W. Large (2005). "Gamma-band activity reflects the metric structure of rhythmic tone sequences." Cognitive Brain Research 24(1): 117-126.

Chen, J. L., V. B. Penhune, et al. (2008). "Moving on time: Brain network for auditory-motor synchronization is modulated by rhythm complexity and musical training." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 20(2): 226-239.

On Feb 28, 2012, at 12:51 PM, Laurel Parsons wrote:

> Dear list,
> I am looking for subjective rhythmization studies that test listeners' preferences for grouping undifferentiated, isochronous clicks into either binary or ternary "measures." Any suggestions from the list would be most appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Laurel Parsons
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Justin London
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