Meeting on September 30th, 2022 – Dr. Peter Vuust

Peter Vuust – Groove on the Brain: Predictive Brain Processes Underlying Musical Rhythm and Interaction

September 30 2022 ONLINE, In-Person with Columbia ID
3pm ET
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CDI is happy to welcome Dr. Peter Vuust in collaboration with the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program at Columbia University.

Musical rhythm has a remarkable capacity to move our minds and bodies. When we listen to “Blame it on the Boogie” by The Jacksons, it is difficult to refrain from tapping a foot or bobbing the head to the beat. This event will illustrate how the theory of predictive processing can help us understand how rhythm is processed and why we move to certain kinds of music more than others. Importantly, music is fundamentally a social phenomenon, in that we listen to, synchronize to, and make music together. This music interaction is typically based on agreeing on predictive structures such as meter or tonality. The speaker will discuss new studies showing how predictive coding can be applied to understand the dynamics involved in interpersonal synchronization using a minimal tapping paradigm, where two individuals are placed in separate rooms with headphones and EEG equipment and asked to tap together in different conditions.