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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music

Isabelle Peretz and Robert J. Zatorre


Music offers a unique opportunity to understand better 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 skill 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 ac ... More

Keywords: music, human brain, human societies, language, brain architecture, skill, brain function, neuroscience, psychology, neurology

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525202
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabelle Peretz, editor
Department of Psychology, University of Montreal

Robert J. Zatorre, editor
Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal

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Part I The Origins of Music

Part II The Musical Mind

Chapter 7 Tonal Cognition

Carol L. Krumhansl, and Petri Toiviainen

Part III The Neurons of Music

Chapter 9 Neurobiology of Harmony Perception

Mark Jude Tramo, Peter A. Cariani, Bertrund Delgutte, and Louis D. Braida

Chapter 10 Intracerebral Evoked Potentials in Pitch Perception Reveal a Functional Asymmetry of Human Auditory Cortex

Catherine LiéGeois-Chauvel, Kimberly Giraud, Jean-Michel Badier, Patrick Marquis, and Patrick Chauvel

Part IV Musical Brain Substrates

Chapter 18 Comparison Between Language and Music

Mireille Besson, and Daniele Schön

Chapter 20 Processing Emotions Induced by Music

L. J. Trainor, and L. A. Schmidt

Part V Musical Expertise/Brain Plasticity

Chapter 25 Representational Cortex in Musicians

C. Pantev, A. Englien, V. Candia, and T. Elbert

Part VI Relation of music to other Cognitive Domains

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