Beat Induction

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As defined in “Newborn infants detect the beat in music,” beat induction is “the detection of a regular pulse in an auditory signal.” (Winkler et. al 2009: 2468)

In their research, Winkler and his colleagues found a strong evidence suggesting newborn infants develop expectation for the onset of rhythmic cycles (the downbeat), even when the downbeat is not marked by stress or other distinguishing spectral features and thus b) strong evidence suggesting the capacity for beat induction is innate.