Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 305–313 | Cite as

Jonathan Berger and Gabe Turow (eds.), Music, science, and the rhythmic brain: cultural and clinical implications

Routledge, New York/Oxford, 2011, 215pp., ISBN 978-0-415-89059-5, $150
  • J. A. Judge

The effects of musical rhythm on the brain, body and nervous system is the focus of a dynamic research programme in music psychology. However, this research tends to take the experience of the individual Western listener, considered in isolation from his or her listening culture, as its locus of study. Collective experiences of musical rhythm are not given as much attention, which may well be problematic, given that most of the world’s musical cultures are more participatory—involving significant interaction between performers and listeners, and sometimes a dissolution of this distinction almost entirely—than the Western tradition. The aim of this volume is to make progress towards the reconciliation of cognitive and ethnographic research into musical rhythm. The contributing authors, who come from a variety of disciplines, attempt to foster a discussion of rhythmic ‘entrainment’ (a central posit of rhythm research, which will be introduced below) in a way that considers its...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MusicUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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