Playing with the beat: A process-oriented approach to studying sensorimotor synchronization in early childhood

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on sensorimotor synchronization (SMS) in early childhood. After a brief review of recent embodied accounts of music cognition, we outline two approaches in SMS research: the more common outcome-oriented approach that measures accuracy of children’s behaviour and the process oriented approach which explores the type and variety of spontaneous rhythmic responses. Building on a body-as-constraint perspective, we argue that the latter approach can provide insights into how a developing child freely chooses to dynamically interact with the beat and thus self-regulate their unique perceptual experience. A new, process-oriented method called Ana’s Game is then described, with illustrative examples.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction
EditorsM Lessafre, Marc Leman, P-J Maes
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN (Print)9781138657403
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • children
  • embodied cognition
  • music
  • beat
  • groove
  • SMS

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