Attending Rhythms

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The theory of dynamic listening proposed by Large and Jones (1999) that describes attention as the behavior of “internal oscillations” that engage in entrainment to “external events” and target “attentional energy to expected points in time.” It is when the person’s internal oscillations relating to the pulse come into step with the music’s own oscillations. The model is built on expecting and predicting the location of real-time events and adapting these oscillations to fit the musical model as it changes.