Synchronization to a bouncing ball with a realistic motion trajectory

Lingyu Gan, Yingyu Huang, Liang Zhou, Cheng Qian, Xiang Wu

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Daily music experience involves synchronizing movements in time with a perceived periodic beat. It has been established for over a century that beat synchronization is less stable for the visual than for the auditory modality. This auditory advantage of beat synchronization gives rise to the hypotheses that the neural and evolutionary mechanisms underlying beat synchronization are modality-specific. Here, however, we found that synchronization to a periodically bouncing ball with a realistic motion trajectory was not less stable than synchronization to an auditory metronome. This finding challenges the auditory advantage of beat synchronization, and has important implications for the understanding of the biological substrates of beat synchronization.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11974
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2015

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