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Leonardo Bonetti

Representational dynamics of listened and imagined musical sound sequences

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Imagine a song you know by heart. With low effort you could play it vividly in your mind. However, little is known about how the brain represents and holds in mind such musical “thoughts”. Here, we leverage time-generalized decoding from MEG brain source activations to show that listened and imagined melodies are represented in auditory cortex, thalamus and middle cingulate cortex. Accuracy patterns reveal that during listening and imagining sounds are represented as a melodic group, while during listening they are also represented individually. Opposite brain activation patterns distinguish between melodies during listening compared to imagining. Our work sheds light on the representational dynamics of listened and imagined musical sound sequences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2022

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