Music and the brain: disorders of musical listening

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  • Lauren Stewart
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  • Katharina von Kriegstein
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  • Jason D Warren
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  • Timothy D Griffiths

The study of the brain bases for normal musical listening has advanced greatly in the last 30 years. The evidence from basic and clinical neuroscience suggests that listening to music involves many cognitive components with distinct brain substrates. Using patient cases reported in the literature, we develop an approach for understanding disordered musical listening that is based on the systematic assessment of the perceptual and cognitive analysis of music and its emotional effect. This approach can be applied both to acquired and congenital deficits of musical listening, and to aberrant listening in patients with musical hallucinations. Both the bases for normal musical listening and the clinical assessment of disorders now have a solid grounding in systems neuroscience.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBrain
Volume129
IssuePt 10
Pages (from-to)2533-53
Number of pages21
ISSN0006-8950
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

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