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Research Project: Neuroanatomical correlates of music and speech

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Neuroanatomical correlates of music and speech

  Research Project Information
Runtime: Since Jan 01, 2005
Scientific staff: Vinod Menon (Stanford University)
Student staff: Anjali Bhatara (McGill, Psychology)
Funding: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Music and speech have hierarchical rules of temporal organization. To investigate differences in brain response to identical temporal structure changes in music and speech, brain activation patterns were recorded as nonmusicians listened to stimuli matched for emotion, arousal and attention. Heart-rate and respiration rate did not differ between music and speech and similar neural circuits in the medial part of the inferior frontal cortex bilaterally were activated for both music and speech.


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