„I can't dance“ is a State of Mind: Beat Deafness

Wir kennen alle Leute, die nicht tanzen können. Also nicht diejenigen, die immer hinten an der Bar stehen oder sich einfach eher unvorteilhaft bewegen, sondern die aus irgendeinem Grund den Beat nicht treffen, und zwar nie, und denen das auch anscheinend gar nichts auszumachen scheint, die das offensichtlich gar nicht merken. Wissenschaftler haben das jetzt als Krankheitsbild ausgemacht: Beat Deafness – Rhythmus-Taubheit.

Mathieu flails in a time zone of his own when bouncing up and down to a melody, unlike people who don’t dance particularly well but generally move in sync with a musical beat, according to a team led by psychologists Jessica Phillips-Silver and Isabelle Peretz, both of the University of Montreal. What’s more, Mathieu usually fails to recognize when someone else dances out of sync to a tune, the researchers report in a paper that will appear in Neuropsychologia.

“We suspect that beat deafness is specific to music and is quite rare,” Phillips-Silver says. She and her colleagues plan to investigate whether Mathieu takes an offbeat approach to nonmusical activities, such as conversational turn-taking and adjusting one’s gait to that of someone else.

A man lost in musical time – Researchers document the first case of ‘beat deafness’ (via BoingBoing)

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