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Modularity of music processing

Nature Neuroscience volume 6, pages 688691 (2003) | Download Citation

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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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Based on research supported by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to I.P. We thank C. Palmer and T. Griffiths for insightful comments made on an earlier draft.

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  1. University of Montreal, Box 6128, Succ. Centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada.

    • Isabelle Peretz
  2. Macquarie Center for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia.

    • Max Coltheart

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