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Interactive video lesson plan for: Can You Follow This Beat?

Activity overview:

Does the beat always beat you? Why some people can't hear music.
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Sacks, O. (2010). Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain. Random House LLC.
Palmer, C., Lidji, P., & Peretz, I. (2014). Losing the beat: deficits in temporal coordination. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1658), 20130405.
Sowiński, J., & Dalla Bella, S. (2013). Poor synchronization to the beat may result from deficient auditory-motor mapping. Neuropsychologia, 51(10), 1952-1963.
Grahn, J. A., & Brett, M. (2007). Rhythm and beat perception in motor areas of the brain. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(5), 893-906.
Patel, A. D., Iversen, J. R., Bregman, M. R., & Schulz, I. (2009). Experimental evidence for synchronization to a musical beat in a nonhuman animal. Current Biology, 19(10), 827-830.
Maguire, S. E., Schmidt, M. F., & White, D. J. (2013). Social brains in context: lesions targeted to the song control system in female cowbirds affect their social network. PloS one, 8(5), e63239.

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