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We've Got Rhythm: Research Into Finger-Tapping Reveals How A Presumed Internal Mechanism Guides Motor Actions, Helping Us Respond To Subliminal Changes In Stimuli

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June 22, 2001
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Keeping up with the beat: People are quite good at it, even when the timing changes at a nearly imperceptible level. Using the well-known experimental procedure of finger-tapping to an auditory beat, researcher Bruno Repp of Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Conn. observed that people correctly adjusted their tapping when the beat changed in a barely detectable manner, suggesting that an internal mechanism automatically guides motor actions in response to stimuli that change without our even being aware of it.

WASHINGTON - Keeping up with the beat: People are quite good at it, even when the timing changes at a nearly imperceptible level. Using the well-known experimental procedure of finger-tapping to an auditory beat, researcher Bruno Repp of Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Conn. observed that people correctly adjusted their tapping when the beat changed in a barely detectable manner, suggesting that an internal mechanism automatically guides motor actions in response to stimuli that change without our even being aware of it. This finding is reported in the June issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, published by the American Psychological Association (APA).


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American Psychological Association. "We've Got Rhythm: Research Into Finger-Tapping Reveals How A Presumed Internal Mechanism Guides Motor Actions, Helping Us Respond To Subliminal Changes In Stimuli." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 June 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/06/010605074700.htm>.
American Psychological Association. (2001, June 22). We've Got Rhythm: Research Into Finger-Tapping Reveals How A Presumed Internal Mechanism Guides Motor Actions, Helping Us Respond To Subliminal Changes In Stimuli. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/06/010605074700.htm
American Psychological Association. "We've Got Rhythm: Research Into Finger-Tapping Reveals How A Presumed Internal Mechanism Guides Motor Actions, Helping Us Respond To Subliminal Changes In Stimuli." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/06/010605074700.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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