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How do people "synchronize" to a periodic signal? In other words, given an oscillating auditory signal, how do people decide where the beat is? Assuming a "beat" divides a signal into equal repeating parts. Do they converge after a certain amount of time or is it a sudden decision? Alternatively, if there is a name for this type of beat-seeking experiment, this would also be appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ Related cogsci.stackexchange.com/q/11041/11318 possibly the Kelso paper may have some interesting insights. $\endgroup$ – Robin Kramer Oct 21 '17 at 7:09
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    $\begingroup$ @AliceD it's not specifically addressing binaural beats and I've clarified what I mean by synchronize. $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Oct 22 '17 at 3:43
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    $\begingroup$ I'm still not sure what you mean with 'beat'. Periodic signals do not have to contain any beats? A sinusoid doesn't have beats, yet is periodic. Looped [white] noise is periodic, yet doesn't contain beats. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Oct 23 '17 at 8:03
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    $\begingroup$ Kaernbach (1992) looked at how people perceived repeated samples of white noise. Is that the type of thing you are looking for? $\endgroup$ – StrongBad Oct 23 '17 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ @AliceD clarified my definition of "beat" $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Oct 23 '17 at 15:47

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