Effects of attention on the neural processing of harmonic syntax in Western music.

  title={Effects of attention on the neural processing of harmonic syntax in Western music.},
  author={Psyche Loui and Tineke Grent-'t-Jong and Dana C Torpey and Marty G. Woldorff},
  journal={Brain research. Cognitive brain research},
  volume={25 3},
The effects of selective attention on the neural response to the violation of musical syntax were investigated in the present study. Musical chord progressions were played to nonmusicians while Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) were recorded. The five-chord progressions included 61% harmonically expected cadences (I-I(6)-IV-V-I), 26% harmonically unexpected cadences (I-I(6)-IV-V-N(6)), and 13% with one of the five chords having an intensity fadeout across its duration. During the attended… CONTINUE READING
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