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Nat Neurosci. 2007 Apr;10(4):420-2. Epub 2007 Mar 11.

Musical experience shapes human brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch patterns.

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The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, 2240 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208-3540, USA. pwong@northwestern.edu

Abstract

Music and speech are very cognitively demanding auditory phenomena generally attributed to cortical rather than subcortical circuitry. We examined brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch and found that musicians show more robust and faithful encoding compared with nonmusicians. These results not only implicate a common subcortical manifestation for two presumed cortical functions, but also a possible reciprocity of corticofugal speech and music tuning, providing neurophysiological explanations for musicians' higher language-learning ability.

PMID:
17351633
PMCID:
PMC4508274
DOI:
10.1038/nn1872
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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