Shared neural resources between music and language indicate semantic processing of musical tension-resolution patterns.

@article{Steinbeis2008SharedNR,
  title={Shared neural resources between music and language indicate semantic processing of musical tension-resolution patterns.},
  author={Nikolaus Steinbeis and Stefan Koelsch},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  year={2008},
  volume={18 5},
  pages={1169-78}
}
Harmonic tension-resolution patterns have long been hypothesized to be meaningful to listeners familiar with Western music. Even though it has been shown that specifically chosen musical pieces can prime meaningful concepts, the empirical evidence in favor of such a highly specific semantic pathway has been lacking. Here we show that 2 event-related potentials in response to harmonic expectancy violations, the early right anterior negativity (ERAN) and the N500, could be systematically… CONTINUE READING
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