Music and the brain

Aniruddh D. Patel

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199298457
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Music and the brain

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This article presents the evidence for links between music and language. The focus is on perceptual processes, and on links between mechanisms involved in the processing of instrumental music and of ordinary, day-to- day language. Music and language may have a number of common processes that act on distinct types of information, e.g. on musical melodies vs. linguistic intonation contours, or on chord progressions vs. sequences of words. Thus, the distinction between the domain specificity of information vs. the generality of processing is an essential conceptual tool for research that examines the relationship between music and other cognitive domains.

Keywords: music; language; perceptual processes; instrumental music processing; language processing

Article.  6073 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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