Test-retest reliability of the Battery for the Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities (BAASTA)

Valentin Begel, Laura Verga, Charles-Etienne Benoit, Sonja A. Kotz*, Simone Dalla Bella*

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Perceptual and sensorimotor timing skills can be comprehensively assessed with the Battery for the Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities (BAASTA). The battery has been used for testing rhythmic skills in healthy adults and patient populations (e.g., with Parkinson disease), showing sensitivity to timing and rhythm deficits. Here we assessed the test-retest reliability of the BAASTA in 20 healthy adults. Participants were tested twice with the BAASTA, implemented on a tablet interface, with a 2-week interval. They completed 4 perceptual tasks, namely, duration discrimination, anisochrony detection with tones and music, and the Beat Alignment Test (BAT). Moreover, they completed motor tasks via finger tapping, including unpaced and paced tapping with tones and music, synchronization-continuation, and adaptive tapping to a sequence with a tempo change. Despite high variability among individuals, the results showed stable test-retest reliability in most tasks. A slight but significant improvement from test to retest was found in tapping with music, which may reflect a learning effect. In general, the BAASTA was found a reliable tool for evaluating timing and rhythm skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-400
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number6
Early online date28 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


  • Rhythm perception
  • Rhythm performance
  • Sensorimotor synchronization
  • Reliability
  • Test-retest
  • Timing
  • Rhythm
  • TIME
  • BEAT

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