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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (11): 1910-1919.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01910

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Rhythm Perception and Interactions between Different Sensory Channels

PAN Lu; QIAN Xiuying   

  1. (The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310028, China)
  • Received:2014-12-11 Online:2015-11-15 Published:2015-11-15
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Rhythm perception is unique to human being. It plays a significant role in our everyday life. Auditory channel is privileged in rhythm processing to other sensation channels which could synchronize the body to a specific rhythm more easily. Meanwhile, visual and haptic senses are also associated with rhythm perception in their own way. There are completed interactions between channels. Rhythm stimulus in vision couldn’t trigger one a feeling of beat as strong as auditory rhythm dose. Vision rhythm perception could be captured in timing by a sound when they are displayed at same time. Visual rhythm could be enhanced when it is with some motion information or by accumulating relevant experience. Rhythm could regulate the time distribution of attention to make the attention synchronized with tempo. The regulation effect could happens in cross-modal way. Haptic sense is deeply connected with auditory sense, the audio-haptic integration could convey advanced rhythm information.

Key words: rhythm, auditory, haptic, visual, modal specificity, multisensory integration