Talk at CSBBCS 2018

St John’s, Newfoundland

  Working in conjunction with the Ryerson SMART Lab, we will be giving a presentation titled “Hearing (and seeing) the beat of a different drummer: Event-related desynchronization in the action observation network” at the 2018 meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS). This is focused on the latest outcomes of our ongoing work with Dr. Frank Russo and the SMART Lab, and explores the idea that musical understanding is based in part on the brain’s simulation of the movements required to produce musical sounds.  It involved testing dozens of highly trained percussionists and comparing their neural responses to a well known excerpt performed by TSO Principle Percussionist John Rudolph.