Measuring rhythm keeping skills with mobile devices

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Dr. Forstner Bertalan
Department of Automation and Applied Informatics

Rhythm keeping is a highly complex ability. Most people do not even recognize the synchronization that is needed to successfully keep a beat. It requires sensory motor synchronization, neural adaptation, building the automatic processes, motor planning and sequencing. These fields are relevant to ADHD and dyslexia as well as to autism spectrum disorders, as these abilities usually develop differently in children with developmental disorders.

Beat keeping exercises are widely used in the atypical development diagnostic processes. A great number of researcher focus this field, using different methods for measurement. Most of them use computer based tasks, while there are others which only use metronomes in their analog methods.

This thesis demonstrates the field of rhythm holding, through planning and developing multiple applications. These Android applications could be helpful in diagnosing and developing children with atypical developmental disorders.


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