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Speech versus song: multiple pitch-sensitive areas revealed by a naturally occurring musical illusion.
It is normally obvious to listeners whether a human vocalization is intended to be heard as speech or song. However, the 2 signals are remarkably similar acoustically. A naturally occurring boundaryExpand
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The Ability to Move to a Beat Is Linked to the Consistency of Neural Responses to Sound
The ability to synchronize movement to a steady beat is a fundamental skill underlying musical performance and has been studied for decades as a model of sensorimotor synchronization. Nevertheless,Expand
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Music training alters the course of adolescent auditory development
Significance We show that in-school music training changes the course of adolescent brain development. Relative to an active control group that shows the expected wane in subcortical responseExpand
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Beat synchronization predicts neural speech encoding and reading readiness in preschoolers
Significance Sensitivity to fine timing cues in speech is thought to play a key role in language learning, facilitating the development of phonological processing. In fact, a link between beatExpand
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Neural Entrainment to the Rhythmic Structure of Music
  • A. Tierney, N. Kraus
  • Psychology, Computer Science
  • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 1 February 2014
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The neural resonance theory of musical meter explains musical beat tracking as the result of entrainment of neural oscillations to the beat frequency and its higher harmonics. Expand
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Music training for the development of reading skills.
The beneficial effects of musical training are not limited to enhancement of musical skills, but extend to language skills. Here, we review evidence that musical training can enhance reading ability.Expand
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Auditory-motor entrainment and phonological skills: precise auditory timing hypothesis (PATH)
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We propose a precise auditory timing hypothesis (PATH) whereby entrainment practice is the core mechanism underlying enhanced phonological abilities in musicians. Expand
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The ability to tap to a beat relates to cognitive, linguistic, and perceptual skills
Reading-impaired children have difficulty tapping to a beat. Here we tested whether this relationship between reading ability and synchronized tapping holds in typically-developing adolescents. WeExpand
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The motor origins of human and avian song structure
Human song exhibits great structural diversity, yet certain aspects of melodic shape (how pitch is patterned over time) are widespread. These include a predominance of arch-shaped and descendingExpand
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Beat Synchronization across the Lifespan: Intersection of Development and Musical Experience
Rhythmic entrainment, or beat synchronization, provides an opportunity to understand how multiple systems operate together to integrate sensory-motor information. Also, synchronization is anExpand
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