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Changes in music tempo entrain movement related brain activity.

Daly, Ian and Hallowell, James and Hwang, Faustina and Kirke, Alexis and Malik, Asad and Roesch, Etienne and Weaver, James and Williams, Duncan and Miranda, Eduardo and Nasuto, Slawomir J (2014) Changes in music tempo entrain movement related brain activity. In: 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2014-08-26 - 2014-08-30, Chicago, IL, USA.

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Abstract

The neural mechanisms of music listening and appreciation are not yet completely understood. Based on the apparent relationship between the beats per minute (tempo) of music and the desire to move (for example feet tapping) induced while listening to that music it is hypothesised that musical tempo may evoke movement related activity in the brain. Participants are instructed to listen, without moving, to a large range of musical pieces spanning a range of styles and tempos during an electroencephalogram (EEG) experiment. Event-related desynchronisation (ERD) in the EEG is observed to correlate significantly with the variance of the tempo of the musical stimuli. This suggests that the dynamics of the beat of the music may induce movement related brain activity in the motor cortex. Furthermore, significant correlations are observed between EEG activity in the alpha band over the motor cortex and the bandpower of the music in the same frequency band over time. This relationship is observed to correlate with the strength of the ERD, suggesting entrainment of motor cortical activity relates to increased ERD strength.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual International Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords: Motor Cortex, Humans, Alpha Rhythm, Acoustic Stimulation, Motor Activity, Auditory Perception, Time Factors, Music, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Female, Male, Young Adult
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 14:09
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 14:09
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25463

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