Music, Language, and the Brain (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Nov 5, 2007 - Psychology - 520 pages
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In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato's time, the relationship between music and language has attracted interest and debate from a wide range of thinkers. Recently, scientific research on this topic has been growing rapidly, as scholars from diverse disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, music cognition, and neuroscience are drawn to the music-language interface as one way to explore the extent to which different mental abilities are processed by separate brain mechanisms. Accordingly, the relevant data and theories have been spread across a range of disciplines. This volume provides the first synthesis, arguing that music and language share deep and critical connections, and that comparative research provides a powerful way to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying these uniquely human abilities. Winner of the 2008 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.

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User Review  - quaintlittlehead - LibraryThing

This book is an impressive summary of studies relating music and language; however, it is not for the lay reader. I read this in a group with other graduate students and professors in linguistics and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Scott Miles - Goodreads

What an incredible resource! This book reads like a 520-page "Nature Reviews Neuroscience" paper, and a well-written one at that. Up-to-date, thorough, scientifically balanced, and intellectually bold, this is a volume that I hope will guide my own research for years to come. Read full review


Chapter 3 Rhythm
Chapter 4 Melody
Chapter 5 Syntax
Chapter 6 Meaning
Chapter 7 Evolution
List of Sound Examples
List of Credits
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2007)

Aniruddh D. Patel is past president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University.

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