I have been perusing Ray Jackendoff and Fred Lerdahl's book A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. In this book, they propose some rules for meter and one of their assumptions is basically that musical meter is perceived using a grid of dots.
These seem like very strong axioms to assume. It is one thing to say that music tends to have a pulse or tactus. But to assume a hierarchy, I would expect some strong evidence and I wasn't impressed with the evidence they provided.
Is there any psychological or neuroscience evidence that humans perceive meter using a metrical grid/hierachy?
Is there a commonly accepted reason why we would think that humans perceive meter in a metrical grid / hierarchy?