Musical experience shapes human brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch patterns

Patrick C.M. Wong*, Erika Skoe, Nicole M. Russo, Tasha Dees, Nina Kraus

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Abstract

Music and speech are very cognitively demanding auditory phenomena generally attributed to cortical rather than subcortical circuitry. We examined brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch and found that musicians show more robust and faithful encoding compared with nonmusicians. These results not only implicate a common subcortical manifestation for two presumed cortical functions, but also a possible reciprocity of corticofugal speech and music tuning, providing neurophysiological explanations for musicians' higher language-learning ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-422
Number of pages3
JournalNature neuroscience
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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