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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
Title of host publication2022 Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience
Number of pages3
Publication yearAug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022
EventConference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 25 Aug 202228 Aug 2022


ConferenceConference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience
LandUnited States
BySan Francisco

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