Music, Language, and the Brain (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, May 3, 2010 - 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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An thorough, meticulous, nearly exhaustive review of the research on how the brain processes music and language. It's a tiring read, free of much one might call "style", but the chapter on Meaning ... Read full review

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User Review  - Will - Goodreads

"Linguistic and musical sound systems illustrate a common theme in the study of music-language relations. On the surface, the two domains are dramatically different. Music uses pitch in ways that ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 3 Rhythm
96
Chapter 4 Melody
182
Chapter 5 Syntax
240
Chapter 6 Meaning
300
Chapter 7 Evolution
355
Afterword
417
References
419
List of Sound Examples
487
List of Credits
491
Author Index
497
Subject Index
507
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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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