Binary Bias

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Binary Bias is the prevalent preference among humans for rhythms that involve binary (as apposed to ternary, etc.) subdivisions. In other words, humans prefer rhythms divided into twos rather than threes, fives, etc.

This phenomenon has been attributed to multiple factors, including bipedalism, a general preference for symmetry, and enculturation familiarizing us with binary rhythms. (London, 2012: 44).


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