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The Memory ProcessNeuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives$
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Suzanne Nalbantian, Paul M. Matthews, and James L. McClelland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014571

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.001.0001

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Neurocognitive Approaches to Memory in Music

Neurocognitive Approaches to Memory in Music

Music Is Memory

(p.377) 18 Neurocognitive Approaches to Memory in Music
The Memory Process

Barbara Tillmann

Isabelle Peretz

Séverine Samson

The MIT Press

This chapter presents a neurocognitive study of musical material by showing research investigating musical information in short-term and working memory. It is illustrated here how short-term memory of musical material suffers from interference due to additional information and from forgetting over time. Memory traces of music can improve, however, and become more precise over time as evidenced by an investigation of short-term memory for musical material during the continuous listening of an ongoing musical piece. Even nonmusicians possess knowledge about the musical system of their culture. This chapter also considers listeners' long-term knowledge about specific familiar melodies, also referred to as the “musical lexicon.” Drawing from multiple findings, this chapter presents the specific feature of musical memory and its neural correlates and compares them to memory in language and other domains.

Keywords:   neurocognitive study, musical material, short-term memory, memory traces, long-term knowledge, musical lexicon, musical memory, neural correlates

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