E105: Rhythm and Cognition


Topics courses
Course content
Instructor and AI
Things to play with or check out


TOPICS courses

TOPICS courses are designed to allow new undergraduates to learn about topics which would not normally be taught in the regular curriculum, topics which bring together ideas from different fields or treat content in novel ways. The courses also get faculty more involved in early undergraduate education than they have been. The goal is for students to learn about arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics and hard sciences in innovative ways.

Course Content


Rhythm is a pervasive aspect of our lives. It enters into the way we walk, the way we talk to each other, and of course the way we listen to and perform music. What enables us to be rhythmic? How does rhythm function in the mind? Questions such as these belong to the field of cognitive science, which is concerned with how the mind works. In this course you should (1) learn something about the basic concepts and methods of cognitive science and (2) learn something about the role of rhythm in the mind.

Specific goals of this course

Instructor, AI

Who we are

Mike Gasser
Fred Cummins

Office hours

Mike's: Tu 9-10, W 9-11; Lindley 230H
Fred's: M 2:30-3.30, F 2-4; Lindley 406

You may drop by any time during my office hours, but I prefer you make an appointment so you won't overlap with somebody else. To make an appointment, click here . Please do not come to my office unannounced outside my office hours. If we can't find a time during my regular office hours, I'll arrange another time to meet.

Come by during office hours. You do not need an appointment. You do not have to have a serious problem. If you do have a problem or feel you are falling behind, I will be much less sympathetic if you do not come and see me. Outside office hours, I can be asked questions before and after labs and lectures. Otherwise I am not on campus.



Your grade will be based on the following:


There will be about 4 reading assignments consisting of articles from journals or chapters from books, but this will not be a heavy reading course.

Because there are not many readings, much of the material will be presented and discussed in the lecture and the labs. Attendance is very important. Lecture notes will be made available on the World-Wide Web page for the class. You will learn how to access these and print them out.

List of readings


"*" means that the notes for a topic are complete.

Periodicity (Weeks 1-5)

Meter and Rhythm (Weeks 6-12)

Summing Up: Distributed vs. Centralized Computation (Week 15)

Things to Play With or Check Out

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Last updated: 13 December 1995
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