Brain activity varies with modulation of dynamic pitch variance in sentence melody.

@article{Meyer2004BrainAV,
  title={Brain activity varies with modulation of dynamic pitch variance in sentence melody.},
  author={Martin Meyer and Karsten Steinhauer and Kai Alter and Angela D. Friederici and Detlev Yves von Cramon},
  journal={Brain and language},
  year={2004},
  volume={89 2},
  pages={277-89}
}
Fourteen native speakers of German heard normal sentences, sentences which were either lacking dynamic pitch variation (flattened speech), or comprised of intonation contour exclusively (degraded speech). Participants were to listen carefully to the sentences and to perform a rehearsal task. Passive listening to flattened speech compared to normal speech produced strong brain responses in right cortical areas, particularly in the posterior superior temporal gyrus (pSTG). Passive listening to… CONTINUE READING