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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music$
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Isabelle Peretz and Robert J. Zatorre

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525202

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525202.001.0001

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Functional Organization and Plasticity of Auditory Cortex

Functional Organization and Plasticity of Auditory Cortex

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(p.356) (p.357) Chapter 23 Functional Organization and Plasticity of Auditory Cortex
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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music
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Josef P. Rauschecker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525202.003.0023

This chapter begins by presenting the basic principles of cortical plasticity. It highlights the improved auditory abilities in the blind. It also addresses the ‘what’ and ‘where’ in auditory cortex. In addition, the musical learning and auditory imagery, and the sensitive periods of auditory cortical plasticity are described. The connection between brain activation and musical perception is becoming clearer as more and more refined techniques become available to image neural activity. Brain imaging can be performed, while subjects are listening to music or imagining it. Cortical plasticity has to be considered in at least two ways in the context of studies on music and the brain.

Keywords:   auditory cortex, functional organization, auditory cortical plasticity, blind, musical learning, auditory imagery, brain imaging

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