Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop 2015



Animals and rhythms: who can dance to the beat?

Carel ten CateProf. dr. Carel ten Cate

Institute of Biology
Leiden University
The Netherlands

Carel ten Cate is professor of Animal Behavior at Leiden University. He is interested in a broad range of topics in animal behavior and cognition, but his prime research area is animal communication: the development, production, perception, function and evolution of vocal and visual signals in species ranging from birds and fish to humans. In recent years he has become particularly interested in using birds as a comparative model to get insight in the cognitive mechanisms that may be at the basis of the development and evolution of speech and language in humans.

Rhythm perception and the motor system

Jessica GrahnProf. dr. Jessica Grahn
Brain and Mind Institute
Department of Psychology
Western University

Jessica Grahn  is a neuroscientist who directs the Music and Neuroscience Lab at the Department of Psychology at Western University, in London, Ontario.  Until recently she was at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England, and an Associate Lecturer in Biological Psychology with the Open University. Grahn is interested in questions like: Why do we move to music? How is musical rhythm processed in the brain? How do brain responses to musical rhythm differ from similar types of movement and timing? How and why do other animals’ brain responses to music differ from ours? Can musical rhythm have therapeutic benefit?"

Neural mechanisms of rhythmic timing

Ralf KrampeProf. dr. Ralf T. Krampe
Department of Psychology
University of Leuven

Ralf Krampe is a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Leuven. His research focus is on the lifespan development of sensorimotor functions. He received his training as a psychologist at the universities of Bochum (Germany) and Boulder (Colorado, USA). Ralf's PhD thesis (1992) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin was on the acquisition and maintenance of skills (expertise) in young and older professional pianists and he has continued to study topics related to musical performance ever since. A second line of his research focuses on the interplay of cognitive and sensorimotor functions like postural control. Currently most of his time is spent on trying to understand the neural substrates of expert musicians' and novices rhythmic timing control."





© Copyright VU University Amsterdam