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Trends Cogn Sci. 2007 Sep;11(9):369-72. Epub 2007 Aug 16.

The linguistic benefits of musical abilities.

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The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, USA. apatel@nsi.edu

Abstract

Growing evidence points to a link between musical abilities and certain phonetic and prosodic skills in language. However, the mechanisms that underlie these relations are not well understood. A recent study by Wong et al. suggests that musical training sharpens the subcortical encoding of linguistic pitch patterns. We consider the implications of their methods and findings for establishing a link between musical training and phonetic abilities more generally.

PMID:
17698406
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2007.08.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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