When the brain plays music: auditory–motor interactions in music perception and production

  title={When the brain plays music: auditory–motor interactions in music perception and production},
  author={Robert J. Zatorre and Joyce L. Chen and Virginia B. Penhune},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
Music performance is both a natural human activity, present in all societies, and one of the most complex and demanding cognitive challenges that the human mind can undertake. Unlike most other sensory–motor activities, music performance requires precise timing of several hierarchically organized actions, as well as precise control over pitch interval production, implemented through diverse effectors according to the instrument involved. We review the cognitive neuroscience literature of both… 

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