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PNB Colloquium - Ed Large - Neural Resonance Theory: Pattern Formation and Plasticity



Neural Resonance Theory: Pattern Formation and Plasticity
The capacity to perceive a regular beat in a syncopated musical rhythm is remarkable, as it appears to require computation of the temporal structure of a complex stimulus. On the other hand, it has a relatively simple and directly observable neural correlate: a neural response at the frequency of the perceived pulse. The neural mechanisms underlying pulse perception are not fully understood, but it is clear that the phenomenon involves complex dynamics in multiple brain regions, including the superior temporal gyrus (STG), the supplementary motor area (SMA), the frontal cortex, the basal ganglia, and the cerebellum. Neural resonance theory (NRT) provides a dynamical model explaining how pulse may emerge — even for complex, syncopated rhythms with no energy art the pulse frequency — through coupling between neural systems with their own intrinsic oscillatory dynamics. In this talk I will discuss the ability of neural resonance theory to explain the available data, the challenges that face this approach, and it potential to explain learning and development.

Edward W. Large directs the Music Dynamics Laboratory at University of Connecticut, where he is a Professor of Psychological Sciences and Professor of Physics. He is also the founder of the music technology startup Oscilloscape. His research interests include neural dynamics and embodied cognition, focusing on rhythm, tonality, pattern perception, learning, and emotion.

Host: Laurel Trainor

Location information

1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada

Hamilton L8S 4L8
1280 Main Street West

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1