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Nat Neurosci. 2003 Jul;6(7):688-91.

Modularity of music processing.

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University of Montreal, Box 6128, Succ. Centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada. Isabelle.Peretz@umontreal.ca

Abstract

The music faculty is not a monolithic entity that a person either has or does not. Rather, it comprises a set of neurally isolable processing components, each having the potential to be specialized for music. Here we propose a functional architecture for music processing that captures the typical properties of modular organization. The model rests essentially on the analysis of music-related deficits in neurologically impaired individuals, but provides useful guidelines for exploring the music faculty in normal people, using methods such as neuroimaging.

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12830160
DOI:
10.1038/nn1083
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