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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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Neural Correlates of Music Perception

Neural Correlates of Music Perception

(p.141) 6 Neural Correlates of Music Perception
Language, Music, and the Brain

Stefan Koelsch

The MIT Press

This chapter provides an overview of neural correlates of music-syntactic and music-semantic processing, as well as of music-evoked emotions. These three aspects of music processing are often intertwined. For example, a music-syntactically irregular musical event does not only evoke processes of syntactic analysis in the perceiver, but might also evoke processing of meaning, an emotional response, decoding of the producer’s intentions, etc. In addition, it becomes clear that the neural correlates of these processes show a strong overlap with the processes engaged during the perception of language. These overlaps indicate that “music” and “language” are different aspects, or two poles, of a single continuous domain: the music-language continuum. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   neuroscience of music, music perception, music–language continuum, music-syntactic processing, music-semantic processing, music-evoked emotions

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