Written Publications


Pando‐Naude, V., Matthews, T. E., Højlund, A., Jakobsen, S., Østergaard, K., Johnsen, E., Garza‐Villarreal, E. A., Witek, M. A. G., Penhune, V. and Vuust, P. (2024): Dopamine Dysregulation in Parkinson’s Disease Flattens the Pleasurable Urge to Move to Musical Rhythms. European Journal of Neuroscience, 59(1), 101-118. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.16128


Schiavio, A., Witek, M. A. G. & Stupacher, J. (2023): Meaning-Making and Creativity in Rhythmic Entrainment. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, 1326773. 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1326773

Bechtold, T. A., Kilchenmann, L., Curry, B. & Witek, M. A. G. (2023): Understanding the Relationship Between Catchiness and Groove: A Qualitative Study with Popular Music Creators. Music Perception, 40 (5), 353–372. https://doi.org/10.1525/mp.2023.40.5.353

Witek, M.A.G., Matthews, T., Bodak, R., Blausz, M., Penhune, V. & Vuust, P. (2023): Musicians and non-musicians show different preferenc profiles for single chords of varying harmonic complexity. PLOS One, 18(2), e0281057. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0281057

Witek, M. A. G. (2023). Rhythmic entrainment and embodied cognition. in EH Margulis, P Loui & D Loughridge (eds), The Science-Music Borderlands: Reckoning with the Past and Imagining the Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 161-182. https://doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/14186.003.0015


Wing, A., Witek, M.A.G., Stables, R. & Bradbury, A. (2022): Music Ensemble Timing. In Matthew Sergeant & Michelle Phillips (Eds.) Music and Time: Psychology, Philosophy and Practice.  Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer.

Matthews, T., Witek, M.A.G., Thibodeau, J.L.N., Vuust, P. & Penhune, V. (2022): Perceived Motor Synchrony with the Beat is More Strongly Associated with Groove than Measured Synchrony. Music Perception, 39(5): 423-442. https://doi.org/10.1525/mp.2022.39.5.423

Witek, M.A.G. (2022): The Mind is a DJ: Rhythmic Entrainment in Beatmatching and Embodied Neuroscience. In Mark Doffman, Emily Payne & Toby Young (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Time in Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Danieli, L., Witek, M., & Haworth, C. (2021). Space, sonic trajectories and the perception of cadence in electroacoustic music. Journal of New Music Research, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/09298215.2021.1927116


Stupacher, J. Witek, M.A.G., Vuoskoski, J.K, & Vuust, P. (2020): Cultural Familiarity and Individual Musical Taste Differently Affect Social Bonding When Moving to Music. Scientific Reports, 10(1): 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-66529-1

Witek, M.A.G., Liu, J., Kuubertzie, J., Yankyera, A.P., Adzei, S. & Vuust, P. (2020): A Critical Cross-Cultural Study of Sensorimotor and Groove Responses to Syncopation Among Ghanaian and American University Students and Staff. Music Perception, 37(4): 278-297.

Matthews, T., Witek, M.A.G., Lund, T., Vuust, P. & Penhune, V. (2020): The Sensation of Groove Engages Motor and Reward Networks. NeuroImage, 214(1): 116768.


Witek, M.A.G. (2019): Feeling at One: Socio-Affective Distribution, Vibe and Dance Music Consciousness. In David Clarke, Ruth Herbert & Eric Clarke (Eds.) Music and Consciousness II. Oxford: Oxford University Press   

Matthews, T., Witek, M.A.G., Heggli, O.A., Penhune, V. & Vuust, P. (2019): The Sensation of Groove is Affected by the Interaction of Rhythmic and Harmonic Complexity. PloS ONE, 14(1): e0204539.


Vuust, P., Dietz, M., Witek, M.A.G. & Kringelbach, M. (2018): Now You Hear It: A Predictive Coding Model for Understanding Rhythmic Incongruity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1423(1): 19-29.


Witek, M.A.G., Popescu, T., Clarke, E., Hansen, M., Kringelbach, M. & Vuust, P. (2017): Syncopation Affects Free Body-Movement in Musical Groove. Experimental Brain Research, 345(4): 995-1005.

Witek, M.A.G. (2017): Filling In: Syncopation, Pleasure and Distributed Embodiment in Groove. Music Analysis, 36(1): 138-160.

Witek, M. A. G. & Vuust, P. (2017): The Temporal Dynamics of Embodied Pleasure in Music: Comment on Solberg & Jensenius. Empirical Musicology Review, 11 (3-4): 324-249.


Gebauer, L.J., Witek, M.A.G., Hansen, N.C., Thomas, J., Konvalinka, I. & Vuust, P. (2016): Oxytocin Improves Synchronisation in Leader-Follower Interaction. Scientific Reports, 6: 38416


Danielsen, A., Waadeland, C.H., Sundt, H.G., & Witek, M.A.G. (2015): Effects of Instructed Timing and Tempo on Snare Drum Sound in Drum Kit Performance. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(4): 2301-2316.

Witek, M.A.G., Kringelbach, M.L. & Vuust, P. (2015): Musical Rhythm and Affect: Comment on “The Quartet Theory of Human Emotions: An Integrative and Neurofunctional Model” by S. Koelsch et al. Physics of Life Reviews, 13: 92-94.


Vuust, P. & Witek, M.A.G. (2014): Rhythmic Complexity and Predictive Coding: A Novel Approach to Modeling Rhythm and Meter Perception in Music. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1111).

Witek, M.A.G., Clarke, E.F., Kringelbach, M. & Vuust, P. (2014): The Effects of Polyphonic Context, Instrumentation and Metrical Location on Syncopation in Music. Music Perception, 32(2), 201-2017.

Witek, M.A.G., Clarke, E.F., Wallentin, M., Kringelbach, M.& Vuust, P. (2014): Syncopation, Body-Movement and Pleasure in Groove Music. PLOS ONE, 9(4), e94446.

Vuust, P., Gebauer, L. & Witek, M. A. G. (2014): Neural Underpinnings of Music: The Polyrhythmic Brain. In Hugo Merchant (Ed.) Neurobiology of Interval Timing. Berlin & Heidelberg: Springer, 339-359.


Carlsen, K. & Witek, M.A.G. (2010): Simultaneous Rhythmic Events with Different Schematic Affiliations: Microtiming and Entrainment in Two Contemporary R&B Grooves. In Anne Danielsen (Ed.) Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction. Aldershot: Ashgate, 51-68.


Witek, M. A. G. (2009): Groove Experience: Emotional and Physiological Responses to Groove-Based Music. Proceedings of the 7th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, ESCOM, University of Jyvaskyla.