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Activation of the left superior temporal gyrus of musicians by music-derived sounds.
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PMID:  23196415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Previous studies have suggested that professional musicians comprehend features of music-derived sound even if the sound sequence lacks the traditional temporal structure of music. We tested this hypothesis through behavioral and functional brain imaging experiments. Musicians were better than nonmusicians at identifying scrambled pieces of piano music in which the original temporal structure had been destroyed. Bilateral superior temporal gyri (STG) activity was observed while musicians listened to the scrambled stimuli, whereas this activity was present only in the right STG of nonmusicians under the same experimental conditions. We suggest that left STG activation is related to the processing of deviants, which appears to be enhanced in musicians. This may be because of the superior knowledge of musical temporal structure held by this population.
Toshie Matsui; Satomi Tanaka; Koji Kazai; Minoru Tsuzaki; Haruhiro Katayose
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroreport     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1473-558X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuroreport     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100935     Medline TA:  Neuroreport     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
aDepartment of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Nara Medical University, Kashihara bHermann Veeh Harp Japan Co. Ltd. Nishinomiya cGraduate School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Sanda dFaculty of Music, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan.
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