Heart Beats

From the steady beats of the human heart to the cadence of a musical piece, rhythm pervades every aspect of our lives. Rhythm plays a particularly significant role in the functioning of the human organism including the psychomotor, affective and cognitive domains. It is the rhythmic nature of our physiological processes which drives our movements, hearts beats, and other regularly occurring physiological functions. Apart from the psychomotor functions, rhythm also impacts the affective aspects of our lives. In a musical context, for example, music affects the human emotions such that a slow beat is calming and a fast one agitating to the human organism. Finally, rhythm partakes of a significant role in our cognitive functions although little has been written on the topic. Most of the existing empirical data on rhythm contribute to our understanding of memory for rhythm; however there is little which helps us comprehend the impact which has upon verbal memory. Although an increasing amount of research is emerging in the area of psychology of music, that is, the segment of psychology which deals with the psychological processes involved in the perception of music and its various sub-components, little literature can be found which concentrates exclusively on the interaction of rhythm and the memorization of verbal information. 10339611_660309464024579_5521539974368615848_n