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Language, Music, and the BrainA Mysterious Relationship$
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Michael A. Arbib

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018104

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018104.001.0001

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Action, Language, and Music

Action, Language, and Music

Events in Time and Models of the Brain

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(p.357) 15 Action, Language, and Music
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Language, Music, and the Brain
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Michael A. Arbib

Paul F. M. J. Verschure

Uwe Seifert

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018104.003.0015

Many accounts linking music and language to the brain represent the brain as a network of boxes, each of which has an active role in providing some resource, but once we move away from the auditory periphery there are very few models that offer finer-grain explanations of the underlying circuitry that supports these resources and their interaction. This chapter thus offers a bridge to future research by presenting a tutorial on a number of models that link brain regions to the underlying networks of neurons in the brain, paying special attention to processes which support the organization of events in time, though emphasizing more the timing or ordering of events than the organization of sequential order within a hierarchical framework. Our tour of models of the individual brain is complemented by a brief discussion of the role of brains in social interactions. The integration of cerebral activity is charted with that in other brain regions, such as cerebellum, hippocampus, and basal ganglia. The implications for future studies linking music and language to the brain are discussed which offer increased understanding of the detailed circuitry that supports these linkages. Particular emphasis is given to the fact that the brain is a learning machine continually reshaped by experience. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   language–music relations in the brain, neural mechanisms of music, neural models of music, neural circuits, neural mechanisms ofsocial interaction

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