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Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), we compared the processing of sinusoidal tones in the auditory cortex of 12 non-musicians, 12 professional musicians and 13 amateur musicians. We found neurophysiological and anatomical differences between groups. In professional musicians as compared to non-musicians, the activity evoked in primary auditory cortex 19-30(More)
Recent functional imaging studies have shown that sounds with temporal pitch produce selective activation in anterolateral Heschl's gyrus. This paper reports a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study of the temporal dynamics of this activation. The cortical response specific to pitch was isolated from the intensity-related response in Planum temporale using a(More)
The brain is constantly faced with the challenge of organizing acoustic input from multiple sound sources into meaningful auditory objects or perceptual streams. The present study examines the neural bases of auditory stream formation using neuromagnetic and behavioral measures. The stimuli were sequences of alternating pure tones, which can be perceived as(More)
Magnetoencephalography was used to investigate the relationship between the sustained magnetic field in auditory cortex and the perception of periodic sounds. The response to regular and irregular click trains was measured at three sound intensities. Two separate sources were isolated adjacent to primary auditory cortex: One, located in lateral Heschl's(More)
Steady-state auditory evoked fields were recorded from 15 subjects using a whole head MEG system. Stimuli were 800 ms trains of binaural clicks with constant stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA). Seven different SOA settings (19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 ms) were used to give click rates near 40 Hz. Transient responses to each click were reconstructed using a(More)
Our ability to detect target sounds in complex acoustic backgrounds is often limited not by the ear's resolution, but by the brain's information-processing capacity. The neural mechanisms and loci of this "informational masking" are unknown. We combined magnetoencephalography with simultaneous behavioral measures in humans to investigate neural correlates(More)
The brain continuously disentangles competing sounds, such as two people speaking, and assigns them to distinct streams. Neural mechanisms have been proposed for streaming based on gross spectral differences between sounds, but not for streaming based on other nonspectral features. Here, human listeners were presented with sequences of harmonic complex(More)
The N(1) m is an evoked magnetic field in auditory cortex that is automatically elicited by tones in silence but not in the context of multiple other tones: when listeners are unaware of a tone stream because of informational masking, no N(1) m-like activity is observed. In contrast, N(1) m-like activity is evoked when listeners are aware of the regular(More)
Auditory streaming refers to the perceptual parsing of acoustic sequences into "streams", which makes it possible for a listener to follow the sounds from a given source amidst other sounds. Streaming is currently regarded as an important function of the auditory system in both humans and animals, crucial for survival in environments that typically contain(More)
The case of a patient with familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM) suffering from prolonged right sided hemiparesis and aphasia that persisted for more than 10 days is reported. The symptoms were accompanied by slowing of the magnetoencephalogram over the left hemisphere, which normalized parallel to the clinical improvement. Positron emission tomography(More)