Musical phrase boundaries, wrap-up and the closure positive shift

Susana Silva, Paulo Branco, Fernando Barbosa, João Marques-Teixeira, Karl Magnus Petersson, São Luís Castro*

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We investigated global integration (wrap-up) processes at the boundaries of musical phrases by comparing the effects of well and non-well formed phrases on event-related potentials time-locked to two boundary points: the onset and the offset of the boundary pause. The Closure Positive Shift, which is elicited at the boundary offset, was not modulated by the quality of phrase structure (well vs. non-well formed). In contrast, the boundary onset potentials showed different patterns for well and non-well formed phrases. Our results contribute to specify the functional meaning of the Closure Positive Shift in music, shed light on the large-scale structural integration of musical input, and raise new hypotheses concerning shared resources between music and language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-107
Number of pages9
JournalBrain research
StatePublished - Oct 17 2014


  • Boundary perception
  • Music and language Closure
  • Musical phrase
  • Positive Shift
  • Wrap-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Molecular Biology
  • General Neuroscience
  • Developmental Biology


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