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Fractionating the musical mind: insights from congenital amusia

Stewart, Lauren. 2008. Fractionating the musical mind: insights from congenital amusia. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 18(2), pp. 127-130. ISSN 09594388 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Music, like language, is acquired effortlessly in early life and fulfils a multitude of social, cultural and emotional functions. However, those with a disorder recently termed ‘congenital amusia’ (CA) fail to recognise common tunes from their culture, do not hear when notes are ‘out of tune’ and sometimes report that music sounds like a ‘din’ or ‘banging’. The core deficit appears to be a problem in discriminating pitch direction, a building block for the representation of melodic contour. Familial studies suggest the disorder is heritable and associated with structural differences in temporal and frontal cortices. The disorder provides a window onto the neuro-cognitive architecture of musical processing, and the possible etiologies of disordered development.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conb.2008.07.008

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
April 2008Published

Item ID:

5458

Date Deposited:

30 Mar 2011 09:07

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 12:56

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5458

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