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Musical Illusions and Phantom WordsHow Music and Speech Unlock Mysteries of the Brain$
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Diana Deutsch

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190206833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190206833.001.0001

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Music, Speech, and Handedness

Music, Speech, and Handedness

How Being Left-Handed or Right-Handed Can Make a Difference

(p.10) 1 Music, Speech, and Handedness
Musical Illusions and Phantom Words

Diana Deutsch

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 reviews the history of thought concerning specialization of function in the brain, particularly regarding speech and music. This history begins in the nineteenth century with the work of the phrenologists Gall and Spurzheim, and later with studies of brain-damaged patients, particularly by Broca and Wernicke. It continues into the mid-twentieth century with the work of Luria and others, also focusing on patients who have suffered brain damage, then considers recent work. The roles of the left and right hemispheres are discussed, particularly their roles in speech. The abilities of left-handers, right-handers, and mixed-handers are compared, especially relating to music and speech. This chapter is a prelude to Chapter 2, which explores a number of musical illusions that, statistically, are heard differently by left- and right-handers.

Keywords:   Music, speech, left-handers, right-handers. cerebral hemispheres, phrenologists, Broca, Wernicke, musical ability, memory

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