Music of the Hemispheres

  title={Music of the Hemispheres},
  author={Mark Tramo},
  pages={54 - 56}
  • M. Tramo
  • Published 5 January 2001
  • Art, Psychology
  • Science
How does the human brain perceive music? In his Perspective, Tramo takes us on a musical journey through the brain, pointing out all of the areas that are involved in the hearing and appreciation of music. 
Current Advances in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music
The review serves to demonstrate the important role that music can play in informing broad theories of higher order cognitive processes such as music in humans.
Brain organization for music processing.
Results emanating from both lesion studies and neuroimaging techniques are reviewed and integrated for each of these musical functions, and a currently debated issue regarding the putative existence of music-specific neural networks is addressed.
Arts, Brain and Cognition.
Results of numerous studies showed that listening to music can improve cognition, motor skills and recovery after brain injury, and fMRI studies have shown reorganization of motor and auditory cortex in professional musicians.
Structures of the Mind and Universal Music
Is there “music platonism”—universal music—awaiting discovery? The Perspectives by P. M. Gray et al. ([1][1]) and M. J. Tramo ([2][2]) are relevant to this question. In searching for music platonism,
The Biology of Music
From Pythagoras to Kepler, music and mathematics were inseparable and offered a means to understanding the mysterious relation between humans, nature, and the supernatural.
The influence of music in general and of rhythm in particular over the human psychic
The article entitled “Influence of Music in General and of Rhythm in Particular over the Human Psychic” is divided into three chapters. The first chapter focuses on the relation between the human
Neurobiological Aspects of Neurologic Music Therapy.
Making music is a powerful way of engaging multisensory and motor networks, inducing changes within these networks and linking together distant brain regions. These multimodal effects of music making
Electroencephalogram variations in the &agr; band during tempo-specific perception
This study is the first to demonstrate electrophysiological evidence for the tempo-specific timing hypothesis by showing significant changes in the &agr;-band spectral power during tempo perception.
Enjoying the Operatic Voice: A Neuropsychoanalytic Exploration of the Operatic Reception Experience
There has been a long-standing and mutually-informing association between psychoanalysis, literature and the arts. Surprisingly, given the oral/aural basis of the ‘talking cure’, music has largely


Split-brain studies of music perception and cognition
The biological basis of music perception and cognition is explored from the perspective of empirical work with brain-damaged patients. By examining patients whose left and right cerebral hemispheres
In vivo evidence of structural brain asymmetry in musicians
In vivo magnetic resonance morphometry of the brain in musicians was used to measure the anatomical asymmetry of the planum temporale, a brain area containing auditory association cortex and previously shown to be a marker of structural and functional asymmetry.
A Generative Theory of Tonal Music
This book explores the relationships between language, music, and the brain by pursuing four key themes and the crosstalk among them: song and dance as a bridge between music and language; multiple
Emotional responses to pleasant and unpleasant music correlate with activity in paralimbic brain regions
The findings suggest that music may recruit neural mechanisms similar to those previously associated with pleasant/unpleasant emotional states, but different from those underlying other components of music perception, and other emotions such as fear.
Increased auditory cortical representation in musicians
The results, when interpreted with evidence for modified somatosensory representations of the fingering digits in skilled violinists, suggest that use-dependent functional reorganization extends across the sensory cortices to reflect the pattern of sensory input processed by the subject during development of musical skill.
Contribution of different cortical areas in the temporal lobes to music processing.
This study highlights the relevance of dissociating musical abilities into their most significant cognitive components in order to identify their separate cerebral locations.
Processing of local and global musical information by unilateral brain-damaged patients.
  • I. Peretz
  • Psychology
    Brain : a journal of neurology
  • 1990
Evidence of double dissociation between the processing of the pitch dimension and theprocessing of rhythm was obtained, providing further support for the need to fractionate musical perceptual abilities in order to arrive at a theory as to how the two hemispheres cohere to produce a musical interpretation of the auditory input.
An exploratory study of musical emotions and psychophysiology.
  • C. Krumhansl
  • Psychology
    Canadian journal of experimental psychology = Revue canadienne de psychologie experimentale
  • 1997
Physiological measures were recorded while listners heard two excerpts chosen to represent each of three emotions: sad, fear, and happy, and found significant differences among the excerpts.
Lateralization of phonetic and pitch discrimination in speech processing.
Processing changes in pitch produced activation of the right prefrontal cortex, consistent with the importance of right-hemisphere mechanisms in pitch perception.