Processing Syntactic Relations in Language and Music: An Event-Related Potential Study

  title={Processing Syntactic Relations in Language and Music: An Event-Related Potential Study},
  author={Aniruddh D. Patel and Edward Gibson and Jennifer Ratner and Mireille Besson and Phillip J. Holcomb},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
In order to test the language-specificity of a known neural correlate of syntactic processing the P600 event-related brain potential (ERP) component, this study directly compared ERPs elicited by syntactic incongruities in language and music. Using principles of phrase structure for language and principles of harmony and key-relatedness for music, sequences were constructed in which an element was either congruous, moderately incongruous, or highly incongruous with the preceding structural… 

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