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Neural Mechanisms of Beat Perception

John Iversen, The Neuroscience Institute, San Diego

March 24, 2011
19 minutes
John Iverson

John Iversen is Research Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology and Karp Foundation Fellow at The Neurosciences Institute. His work is devoted to understanding how humans perceive the world—how we create a rich and detailed view of the world from sensory stimuli. Central to this work is the idea that perception is fundamentally a constructive process, involving the integration of multiple senses as well as behavior. Key to his work is the use of music perception and production as a tool for the study of complex brain processes, including those that may underlie language. A common theme running through all his research projects is rhythm— most generally understood as the organization of events in time.