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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music$
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Isabelle Peretz and Robert J. Zatorre

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525202

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525202.001.0001

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Neural Specializations for Tonal Processing

Neural Specializations for Tonal Processing

(p.231) Chapter 16 Neural Specializations for Tonal Processing
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music

Robert J. Zatorre

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents studies that specifically focus on aspects of tonal processing and their neural substrates. It identifies the extent to which musical processes depend on dedicated neural circuitry or may form part of shared neural architecture. In particular, it addresses all studies relatively exploring low-level aspects of pitch processing, such as pitch discrimination. It also explains higher-order aspects, including pitch patterns. Moreover, it reports some anatomical findings that may be relevant to understanding the nature of the functional specializations that the other studies have uncovered. It is seen how a variety of different methods and techniques point towards a general conclusion about the way in which the auditory nervous system processes information relevant for the ability to process speech and tonal sounds.

Keywords:   neural specializations, tonal processing, hemispheric functional specialization, pitch processing, pitch patterns, pitch discrimination, auditory nervous system, speech, tonal sounds

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