Contribution of different cortical areas in the temporal lobes to music processing.

  title={Contribution of different cortical areas in the temporal lobes to music processing.},
  author={Catherine Li{\'e}geois-Chauvel and Isabelle Peretz and M Baba{\"i} and Virginie Laguitton and Patrick Chauvel},
  journal={Brain : a journal of neurology},
  volume={121 ( Pt 10)},
Music processing ability was studied in 65 right-handed patients who had undergone unilateral temporal cortectomy for the relief of intractable epilepsy, and 24 matched normal controls. The ability to recognize changes in note intervals and to distinguish between different rhythms and metres was tested by presentation of sequences of simple musical phrases with variations in either pitch or temporal dimensions. The responses (right or wrong) enabled us to determine in which component of the… 

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