Thursday, February 01, 2007

How the brain processes "split-second" time

Here's an article via boingboing about how the brain processes sound (at high speeds). It reminded me of our discussion about the impact of the metronome in class. Try out the sound experiment yourself (links included in the article). Apparently our brains process the time delay between rhythmic sounds based on what other sounds occur before and after. It's a very peculiar phenomenon.



Blogger Irene Chien said...

I like the part of the article when it connects this sense of split-second timing to understanding language--the pauses that mark spaces between words and sentences. We seldomly think about the temporality of speech.

2/06/2007 12:41 PM  

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