The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music

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Music offers a unique opportunity to better understand the organization of the human brain. Like language, music exists in all human societies. Like language, music is a complex, rule-governed activity that seems specific to humans, and associated with a specific brain architecture. Yet unlike most other high-level functions of the human brain—and unlike language—music is a skil at which only a minority of people become proficient. The study of music as a major brain function has for some time been relatively neglected. Just recently, however, we have witnessed an explosion in research activities on music perception and performance that correlates in the human brain. This volume brings together an outstanding collection of international authorities—from the fields of music, neuroscience, psychology, and neurology—to describe the amazing advances being made in understanding the complex relationship between music and the brain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198525202
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Montreal

McGill University, Montreal

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Musical predispositions in infancy: an update 3
2 The quest for universals in temporal processing in music 21
3 Mechanisms of musical memory in infancy 32
4 Music, cognition, culture, and evolution 42
5 Is music an evolutionary adaptation? 57
6 The roots of musical variation in perceptual similarity and invariance 79
7 Tonal cognition 95
8 Learning and perceiving musical structures: further insights from artificial neural networks 109
9 Neurobiology of harmony perception 127
10 Intracerebral evoked potentials in pitch perception reveal a functional asymmetry of human auditory cortex 152
11 The neural processing of complex sounds 168
12 Music and the neurologist: a historical perspective 181
13 Brain specialization for music: new evidence from congenital amusia 192
14 Cerebral substrates for musical temporal processes 204
15 Cerebral substrates of musical imagery 217
16 Neural specializations for tonal processing 231
17 Exploring the functional neuroanatomy of music performance, perception, and comprehension 247
18 Comparison between language and music 269
19 Musical sound processing: EEG and MEG evidence 294
20 Processing emotions induced by music 310
21 A new approach to the cognitive neuroscience of melody 325
22 How many music centres are in the brain? 346
23 Functional organization and plasticity of auditory cortex 357
24 The brain of musicians 366
25 Representational cortex in musicians 382
26 The brain that makes music and is changed by it 396
27 The sounds of poetry viewed as music 413
28 Does exposure to music have beneficial side effects? 430
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