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Bégel, V., Benoit, C.-E., Correa, A., Cutanda, D., Kotz, S. A., & Dalla Bella, S. (2017). "Lost in time" but still moving to the beat. Neuropsychologia, 94, 129-138. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.022.

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Bégel, Valentin1, 2, Author
Benoit, Charles-Etienne1, 3, Author
Correa, Angel4, 5, Author
Cutanda, Diana4, Author
Kotz, Sonja A.1, 6, 7, Author              
Dalla Bella, Simone1, 8, 9, 10, Author
1Movement to Health Laboratory M2H - EuroMov, Université Montpellier, France, ou_persistent22              
2NaturalPad, Montpellier, France, ou_persistent22              
3Cognition and Actions Laboratory, Institute of Neuroscience, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, ou_persistent22              
4Centro de Investigacion Mente, Cerebro y Comportamiento, University of Granada, Spain, ou_persistent22              
5Departamento de Psicologia Experimental, University of Granada, Spain, ou_persistent22              
6Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, ou_persistent22              
7Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
8Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), Paris, France, ou_persistent22              
9International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS), University of Montréal, QC, Canada, ou_persistent22              
10Department of Cognitive Psychology, University of Finance and Management, Warsaw, Poland, ou_persistent22              


Free keywords: Beat deafness; Auditory-motor integration; Rhythm perception; Rhythm production; Sensorimotor synchronization; Implicit timing
 Abstract: Motor synchronization to the beat of an auditory sequence (e.g., a metronome or music) is widespread in humans. However, some individuals show poor synchronization and impoverished beat perception. This condition, termed “beat deafness”, has been linked to a perceptual deficit in beat tracking. Here we present single-case evidence (L.A. and L.C.) that poor beat tracking does not have to entail poor synchronization. In a first Experiment, L.A., L.C., and a third case (L.V.) were submitted to the Battery for The Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities (BAASTA), which includes both perceptual and sensorimotor tasks. Compared to a control group, L.A. and L.C. performed poorly on rhythm perception tasks, such as detecting time shifts in a regular sequence, or estimating whether a metronome is aligned to the beat of the music or not. Yet, they could tap to the beat of the same stimuli. L.V. showed impairments in both beat perception and tapping. In a second Experiment, we tested whether L.A., L.C., and L.V.’s perceptual deficits extend to an implicit timing task, in which they had to respond as fast as possible to a different target pitch after a sequence of standard tones. The three beat-deaf participants benefited similarly to controls from a regular temporal pattern in detecting the pitch target. The fact that synchronization to a beat can occur in the presence of poor perception shows that perception and action can dissociate in explicit timing tasks. Beat tracking afforded by implicit timing mechanisms is likely to support spared synchronization to the beat in some beat-deaf participants. This finding suggests that separate pathways may subserve beat perception depending on the explicit/implicit nature of a task in a sample of beat-deaf participants.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2016-09-252016-04-232016-11-292016-12-012017-01-08
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Table of Contents: -
 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.022
PMID: 27914979
Other: Epub 2016
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Project name : Europe, Brain and Music: New perspectives for stimulating cognitive and sensory processes / EBRAMUS
Grant ID : 238157
Funding program : Funding Programme 7
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)
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Funding program : Junior Grant
Funding organization : Institut Universitaire de France
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Grant ID : SEJ-3054
Funding program : Junta de Andalucía FPU Research Grant
Funding organization : Junta de Andalucía

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Title: Neuropsychologia
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Oxford : Pergamon
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 94 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 129 - 138 Identifier: ISSN: 0028-3932
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925428258