This symposium will engage experts in an interdisciplinary dialogue on the
hypothesis that brainwaves entrain to rhythmic auditory stimuli, a
phenomenon known as auditory driving. Brainwave entrainment is used here in the specific sense of
frequency-following to describe the way brainwaves modulate in tempo or
frequency to gradually match the frequency of a rhythmic stimulus in the
environment. Support for
this hypothesis will come from lab research on auditory driving, photic
driving, phenomenological fieldwork, and existing clinical applications
of this research.
A better understanding of auditory driving may have widespread
implications. New insights
may extend to the fields of musicology and music cognition regarding the
study of human reactions to groove and tempo. The fields of anthropology, religious studies, and
ethnomusicology may gain potential insights into the widespread use of
rhythmic, repetitive music in religious ritual. Implications for music therapy, psychology, cognitive science,
and neuroscience may affect the study of consciousness, and may suggest
new, relatively inexpensive methods to treat conditions like ADD,
depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.
symposium will consist of 30-minute presentations with roundtable
discussions. We hope that by bringing together a broad spectrum of
research related to the field of rhythmic entrainment all of our
research will benefit. We hope to publish the proceedings.
symposium is sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the
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