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There are formidable problems in studying how 'real' music engages the brain over wide ranges of temporal scales extending from milliseconds to a lifetime. In this work, we recorded the magnetoencephalographic signal while subjects listened to music as it unfolded over long periods of time (seconds), and we developed and applied methods to correlate the(More)
The echoic memory trace (EMT) refers to neuronal activity associated with the short-term retention of stimulus-related information, especially within the primary and association auditory cortex. Using magnetoencephalography it is possible to determine quantitatively the lifetime of the EMT. Previous studies assumed that each new stimulus drives the EMT to(More)
Previous psychological studies have shown that musical chords primed by Western musical scale in a tonal and modal schema are perceived in a hierarchy of stability. We investigated such priming effects on auditory magnetic responses to tonic-major and submediant-minor chords preceded by major scales and tonic-minor and submediant-major chords preceded by(More)
We encountered an 80-year-old man with sudden bilateral visual disturbance. When he was admitted to the hospital, his blood pressure was 138/70 mmHg, and an ECG revealed atrial fibrillation. Neurological examination showed only bilateral homonymous hemianopsia with no nystagmus or impairment of eye movement. He did not have paralysis cerebellar ataxia, or(More)
Neuromagnetic responses in silence after chord sequences ending in three kinds of musical cadences were investigated. The magnetoencephalographic signals of musically trained participants showed clear peaks around the bilateral temporal areas during the period of silence when the cadences were musically premature. Maximum global moment during the silent(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated the characteristics of cortical rhythmic activity in No-go processing during somatosensory Go/No-go paradigms, by using magnetoencephalography (MEG). METHODS Twelve normal subjects performed a warning stimulus (S1) - imperative stimulus (S2) task with Go/No-go paradigms. The recordings were conducted in three conditions. In(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to capture the neuronal frequency characteristics, as indexed by the auditory steady-state response (ASSR), relative to physical characteristics of constant sound pressure levels (SPLs). Relationship with perceptual characteristics (loudness model) was also examined. METHODS Neuromagnetic 40-Hz ASSR was recorded in response to(More)
Perceptual degree of consonance or dissonance of a chord is known to be varied as a function of frequency ratio between tones composing the chord. It has been indicated that generation of a sense of dissonance is associated with the auditory steady-state response (ASSR) phase-locked to difference frequencies which are salient in the chords with complex(More)
A 62-year-old right-handed woman had presented progressive speech impediment over 4 months. She was alert without any convulsions or involuntary movements. Neurological examination showed Wernicke's aphasia, constructional apraxia. Her magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an old cerebral infarction in the left parieto-occipital area, in addition to(More)