To musicians, the message is in the meter

Pre-attentive neuronal responses to incongruent rhythm are left-lateralized in musicians

Peter Vuust, Karen Johanne Pallesen, Christopher Bailey, Titia L. Van Zuijen, Albert Gjedde, Andreas Roepstorff, Leif Østergaard

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Abstract

Musicians exchange non-verbal cues as messages when they play together. This is particularly true in music with a sketchy outline. Jazz musicians receive and interpret the cues when performance parts from a regular pattern of rhythm, suggesting that they enjoy a highly developed sensitivity to subtle deviations of rhythm. We demonstrate that pre-attentive brain responses recorded with magnetoencephalography to rhythmic incongruence are left-lateralized in expert jazz musicians and right-lateralized in musically inept non-musicians. The left-lateralization of the pre-attentive responses suggests functional adaptation of the brain to a task of communication, which is much like that of language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-564
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroImage
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Incongruent rhythm
  • Musicians
  • Pre-attentive neuronal responses

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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Vuust, P., Pallesen, K. J., Bailey, C., Van Zuijen, T. L., Gjedde, A., Roepstorff, A., & Østergaard, L. (2005). To musicians, the message is in the meter: Pre-attentive neuronal responses to incongruent rhythm are left-lateralized in musicians. NeuroImage, 24(2), 560-564. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.08.039

To musicians, the message is in the meter : Pre-attentive neuronal responses to incongruent rhythm are left-lateralized in musicians. / Vuust, Peter; Pallesen, Karen Johanne; Bailey, Christopher; Van Zuijen, Titia L.; Gjedde, Albert; Roepstorff, Andreas; Østergaard, Leif.

In: NeuroImage, Vol. 24, No. 2, 15.01.2005, p. 560-564.

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Vuust, P, Pallesen, KJ, Bailey, C, Van Zuijen, TL, Gjedde, A, Roepstorff, A & Østergaard, L 2005, 'To musicians, the message is in the meter: Pre-attentive neuronal responses to incongruent rhythm are left-lateralized in musicians', NeuroImage, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 560-564. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.08.039
Vuust, Peter ; Pallesen, Karen Johanne ; Bailey, Christopher ; Van Zuijen, Titia L. ; Gjedde, Albert ; Roepstorff, Andreas ; Østergaard, Leif. / To musicians, the message is in the meter : Pre-attentive neuronal responses to incongruent rhythm are left-lateralized in musicians. In: NeuroImage. 2005 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 560-564.
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