How a musician locks onto a rhythm, according to science

A study from McGill University reveals the secret of musicians who have excellent time.

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  • When a person locks onto a beat, it's because their brain rhythms have become aligned with it.
  • Listening and physically performing are brain functions not directly related to rhythm synchronization.
  • The study tracked EEG brain activity during listening, playing along, and recreating rhythms.
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