Natural "preferred" tempo
However, Van Noorden and Moelants(1999) have shown that the results can be explained with a single resonator model. In the modeling, the resonance frequency of the human rhythm perception system (in the case of synchronization tapping) was found close to 2 Hz. This value corresponds to the natural tempo of simple repeated movements like finger tapping, clapping, and walking (Moelants, 2002), the so-called “preferred tempo” (Fraisse, 1982). A preference for tempi around 120 bpm (2 Hz) has also been found in the distribution of tempi in different samples of music.