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Shadows of music-language interaction on low frequency brain oscillatory patterns

Carrus, Elisa; Koelsch, Stefan and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2011. Shadows of music-language interaction on low frequency brain oscillatory patterns. Brain and language, 119(1), pp. 50-57. ISSN 1090-2155 [Article]

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Electro-physiological studies investigating similarities between music and language perception have relied exclusively on the signal averaging technique, which does not adequately represent oscillatory aspects of electrical brain activity that are relevant for higher cognition. The current study investigated the patterns of brain oscillations during simultaneous processing of music and language using visually presented sentences and auditorily presented chord sequences. Music-syntactically regular or irregular chord functions were presented in sync with syntactically or semantically correct or incorrect words. Irregular chord functions (presented simultaneously with a syntactically correct word) produced an early (150-250ms) spectral power decrease over anterior frontal regions in the theta band (5-7Hz) and a late (350-700ms) power increase in both the delta and the theta band (2-7Hz) over parietal regions. Syntactically incorrect words (presented simultaneously with a regular chord) elicited a similar late power increase in delta-theta band over parietal sites, but no early effect. Interestingly, the late effect was significantly diminished when the language-syntactic and music-syntactic irregularities occurred at the same time. Further, the presence of a semantic violation occurring simultaneously with regular chords produced a significant increase in later delta-theta power at posterior regions; this effect was marginally decreased when the identical semantic violation occurred simultaneously with a music syntactical violation. Altogether, these results show that low frequency oscillatory networks get activated during the syntactic processing of both music and language, and further, these networks may possibly be shared.

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Article

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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2011.05.009

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

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October 2011Published

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5816

Date Deposited:

26 Sep 2011 13:59

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30 Jun 2017 13:22

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5816

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