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

Keywords

  • Incongruent rhythm
  • Musicians
  • Pre-attentive neuronal responses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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