- Title Pages
- List of Contributors
- Chapter 1 Musical Predispositions in Infancy: an Update
- Chapter 2 The Quest for Universals in Temporal Processing in Music
- Chapter 3 Mechanisms of Musical Memory in Infancy
- Chapter 4 Music, Cognition, Culture, and Evolution
- Chapter 5 Is Music an Evolutionary Adaptation?
- Chapter 6 The Roots of Musical Variation in Perceptual Similarity and Invariance
- Chapter 7 Tonal Cognition
- Chapter 8 Learning and Perceiving Musical Structures: Further Insights from Artificial Neural Networks
- Chapter 9 Neurobiology of Harmony Perception
- Chapter 10 Intracerebral Evoked Potentials in Pitch Perception Reveal a Functional Asymmetry of Human Auditory Cortex
- Chapter 11 The Neural Processing of Complex Sounds
- Chapter 12 Music and the Neurologist: A Historical Perspective
- Chapter 13 Brain Specialization for Music: New Evidence from Congenital Amusia
- Chapter 14 Cerebral Substrates for Musical Temporal Processes
- Chapter 15 Cerebral Substrates of Musical Imagery
- Chapter 16 Neural Specializations for Tonal Processing
- Chapter 17 Exploring the Functional Neuroanatomy of Music Performance, Perception, and Comprehension
- Chapter 18 Comparison Between Language and Music
- Chapter 19 Musical Sound Processing: EEG and MEG Evidence
- Chapter 20 Processing Emotions Induced by Music
- Chapter 21 A New Approach to the Cognitive Neuroscience of Melody
- Chapter 22 How many Music Centres are in the Brain?
- Chapter 23 Functional Organization and Plasticity of Auditory Cortex
- Chapter 24 The Brain of Musicians
- Chapter 25 Representational Cortex in Musicians
- Chapter 26 The Brain that makes Music and is Changed by it
- Chapter 27 The sounds of Poetry viewed as Music
- Chapter 28 Does Exposure to Music Have Beneficial Side Effects?
The Brain of Musicians
The Brain of Musicians
- (p.366) Chapter 24 The Brain of Musicians
- The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music
- Oxford University Press
This chapter provides a discussion on the brains of musicians. It introduces first the structural brain differences between musicians and nonmusicians. In the search for a morphological substrate of musicianship, several cross-sectional studies comparing adult musicians with nonmusicians were carried out. A priori defined anatomical regions were selected based on the relevance for musical functions and on data derived from human developmental studies as well as animal experimental studies suggesting a high degree of plasticity. Then, the functional brain differences between musicians and nonmusicians are explained. It also emphasizes the implicit musical ability of the human brain. Experimental animal studies strongly support the existence of microstructural plasticity. Many studies have provided evidence for functional and structural differences comparing musicians with nonmusicians.
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