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Subjective Rhythmization at ICMPC 2014 in Seoul


I was lucky enough to be presenting at the 14th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in Seoul, South Korea, last week. It was a very inspiring conference and I really like South Korea (especially the amazing food…). My presentation was on the topic of subjective rhythmization, a fascinating auditory illusion. See below for my presentation slides and for a short conference paper that was published in the proceedings of the conference:

Bååth, R., Ingvarsdóttir, K. O. (2014) Subjective Rhythmization: A Replication And an Extension. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in Seoul, South Korea. pdf of full paper


Subjective rhythmization (SR) is the phenomena that the sounds of a monotone metronome sequence are experienced as having different intensity and that these differences follow a regular pattern. The present study aimed to replicate and extend the two studies that have employed the original SR experimental paradigm (Bolton, 1984; Vos, 1973). The extensions included using a wider range of tempi and a large number of participants. The result of the current study was in accordance these two earlier studies. In addition to the original SR task, a novel task was administered where the participants were not explicitly told about the existence of the phenomena. The responses of the participants were in agreement with that subjective rhythmization was experienced. The result indicates that SR is a robust phenomena that can be experience even without it being primed by verbal instructions. pdf of full paper

On a Lighter Note

To my delight South Korea was full of wonderfully weird soft drinks (from my Swedish perspective). What about a milk flavored soda?

…or a pine bud drink? (it really tasted like chewing on pine needles, but in a good way)

The sweet potato drink was not really my thing.

Finally a coffee drink that gives you laser eyes (doesn’t look too healthy…)

Posted by Rasmus Bååth | 2014-08-13 | Tags: Rhythm Perception