University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
- Dancing to music is a human universal that relies on beat perception.
- Listeners may infer the “tempo” or speed of music from:
- the time interval between beats;
- the density of events;
- higher-level features of musical temporal organization (the meter).
- The “Gabbling Foreigner Illusion” is the observation that listeners perceive unfamiliar languages as being faster than familiar ones.
- Even when music is the same speed, listeners tap faster to unfamiliar music.
- Does culture background impact how we perceive musical tempo?
Culture; Linguistics; Music--Psychological aspects; Musical perception
Cognition and Perception | Linguistics | Music
Lyons, K. L.,
Nave-Blodgett, J. E.,
Hannon, E. E.
Tempo Perception Across Cultures: The Beat is All It Takes.
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