Dissociable pitch processing mechanisms in lexical and melodic contexts revealed by ERPs

@article{Nan2009DissociablePP,
  title={Dissociable pitch processing mechanisms in lexical and melodic contexts revealed by ERPs},
  author={Yun Nan and Angela D. Friederici and Hua Shu and Yue-Jia Luo},
  journal={Brain Research},
  year={2009},
  volume={1263},
  pages={104-113}
}
The current ERP study examined the neural substrates for pitch processing in music and in tonal language with phrases ending in either congruous or incongruous pitches. In a tonal language, like Chinese, pitch is lexically relevant as it can change the meaning of words, and it could therefore be hypothesized that pitch information under this condition is processed differently from musical pitch. Female Chinese musicians were chosen as listeners for their ample exposure to music and a tonal… CONTINUE READING
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