Please join us Friday, Feb. 28 at noon in 167 BRB for a presentation by Michael Hove, Ph.D. from Fitchburg State University titled "Rhythm, Music and Movement: Neural Mechanisms and Applications". A social will be held in 167 BRB following the presentation.
Some rhythmic stimuli can activate motor networks in the brain and induce movement. In this talk, I present a series of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience studies on how people synchronize to rhythmic stimuli and what factors most strongly influence movement. First, I will discuss advantages of synchronizing with auditory over visual rhythms, and how visuo-motor synchrony improves with moving stimuli. Second, in musical contexts, we have established that movement is especially influenced by low-frequency (bass) tones. The link between bass and movement appears rooted in physiology (i.e., in auditory encoding and somato-motor activation) and explains the musical convention for low-pitched instruments to lay down the rhythm. Finally, I discuss applications of rhythm to: 1) improve gait in Parkinsons patients; 2) increase social cohesion; and 3) induce trance states of consciousness.
About Dr. Hove
Dr. Hove is an Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State University. He received his PhD in Psychology from Cornell University with a focus in perception/cognition & behavioral neuroscience . He received postdoctoral training at Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and was a research fellow at both McMaster University in Ontario and Harvard Medical School. His research interests are primarily rhythm, timing, and the integration of perception and action.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.