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Entraining IDyOT : Timing in the Information Dynamics of Thinking

Forth, Jamie; Agres, Kat; Purver, Matthew and Wiggins, Geraint A. 2016. Entraining IDyOT : Timing in the Information Dynamics of Thinking. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, ARTN1575. ISSN 1664-1078 [Article]

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We present a novel hypothetical account of entrainment in music and language, in context of the Information Dynamics of Thinking model, IDyOT. The extended model affords an alternative view of entrainment, and its companion term, pulse, from earlier accounts. The model is based on hiearchical, statistical prediction, modeling expectations of both what an event will be and when it will happen. As such,it constitutes a kind of predictive coding, with a particular novel hypothetical implementation. Here, we focus on the model's mechanism for predicting when a perceptual event will happen, given an existing sequence of past events, which maybe musical or linguistic. We propose a range of tests to validate or falsify the model, at various different levels of abstraction, and argue that computational modelling in particular, and this model in particular, can offer a means of providing limited but useful evidence for evolutionary hypotheses.

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This paper is a major output of the EU funded Lrn2Cre8 project, and provides a theoretical account of the underlying temporal dynamics of cognitive processes such as musical listening or understanding spoken language. It specifies a core aspect of IDyOT, a prominent cognitive architecture theory, and makes a highly interdisciplinary contribution to predictive coding, mapping future research building upon decades of related work in AI, ML, NLP, and (esp. JF) music perception and cognitive science.

A significant contribution to computer science is a process for online learning of hierarchical data representations based on a generic principle of information theoretic segmentation.

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The authors are supported by the projects Lrn2Cre8 and ConCreTe, which acknowledge the financial support of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission, under FET grant numbers 610859 and 611733, respectively.


cognition,cognitive modeling,entrainment,information dynami,information dynamics,rhythm,rhythm, entrainment, cognition, information dynami

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28 September 2016Accepted
18 October 2016Published

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22 Sep 2017 10:13

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02 Jun 2020 17:21

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