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Neuroimage. 2005 Jan 15;24(2):560-4.

To musicians, the message is in the meter pre-attentive neuronal responses to incongruent rhythm are left-lateralized in musicians.

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Centre for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark. pv@pet.auh.dk

Abstract

Musicians exchange non-verbal cues as messages when they play together. This is particularly true in music with a sketchy outline. Jazz musicians receive and interpret the cues when performance parts from a regular pattern of rhythm, suggesting that they enjoy a highly developed sensitivity to subtle deviations of rhythm. We demonstrate that pre-attentive brain responses recorded with magnetoencephalography to rhythmic incongruence are left-lateralized in expert jazz musicians and right-lateralized in musically inept non-musicians. The left-lateralization of the pre-attentive responses suggests functional adaptation of the brain to a task of communication, which is much like that of language.

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