Most studies in statistical learning use stimuli that are presented in an isochronous way, with the time intervals between events being constant. In rhythm perception, however, a distinction can be made between beat perception and statistical (or sequential) learning [1, 2, 3]. When the same sequence, with the same transitional probabilities is presented isochronously both beat perception and statistical learning can explain the results. However, if the same sequence is jittered, beat perception is disabled and only sequential learning can explain the results [3]. This literature thesis project will review the available empirical data for human and nonhuman animals on statically learning in auditory perception and discuss the impact that isochrony might have on the results.


  • BSc in Psychology, Cognitive Science or related field.
  • Familiarity with interpreting EEG, ERPs and EPs
  • Interest in rhythm cognition


prof. dr H. Honing


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