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What is entrainment? Definition and applications in musical research.

Clayton, Martin (2012) 'What is entrainment? Definition and applications in musical research.', Empirical musicology review., 7 (1-2). pp. 49-56.


Entrainment theory describes the process of interaction between independent rhythmical processes. This paper defines entrainment in this general sense, then briefly explores its significance for human behaviour, and for music-making in particular. The final section outlines a research method suitable for studies of entrainment in inter-personal coordination, and with reference to published studies suggests that the study of musical entrainment can be a source of rich insight also for the study of human social interactions and their meanings.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Dynamic attending, Neuronal oscillators, Recursiveness, Interaction.
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Date accepted:13 July 2012
Date deposited:23 October 2012
Date of first online publication:July 2012
Date first made open access:No date available

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