Musicians have fine-tuned neural distinction of speech syllables

@article{ParberyClark2012MusiciansHF,
  title={Musicians have fine-tuned neural distinction of speech syllables},
  author={Alexandra Parbery-Clark and Adam Tierney and Dana L. Strait and Nina Kraus},
  journal={Neuroscience},
  year={2012},
  volume={219},
  pages={111-119}
}
One of the benefits musicians derive from their training is an increased ability to detect small differences between sounds. Here, we asked whether musicians' experience discriminating sounds on the basis of small acoustic differences confers advantages in the subcortical differentiation of closely related speech sounds (e.g., /ba/ and /ga/), distinguishable only by their harmonic spectra (i.e., their second formant trajectories). Although the second formant is particularly important for… CONTINUE READING
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