Musicians Detect Pitch Violation in a Foreign Language Better Than Nonmusicians: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Evidence

@article{Marques2007MusiciansDP,
  title={Musicians Detect Pitch Violation in a Foreign Language Better Than Nonmusicians: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Evidence},
  author={Carlos Marques and Sylvain Moreno and S{\~a}o Lu{\'i}s Castro and Mireille Besson},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={19},
  pages={1453-1463}
}
The aim of this study was to determine whether musical expertise influences the detection of pitch variations in a foreign language that participants did not understand. To this end, French adults, musicians and nonmusicians, were presented with sentences spoken in Portuguese. The final words of the sentences were prosodically congruous (spoken at normal pitch height) or incongruous (pitch was increased by 35% or 120%). Results showed that when the pitch deviations were small and difficult to… CONTINUE READING

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