‘Singing in the (b)rain’: cerebral correlates of vocal music performance in humans
This chapter discusses the motor domain of vocal music performance and explains whether the neural substrates of human singing capabilities show opposite lateralization effects compared with speech and language functions. It reviews the relevant data obtained in both clinical populations and healthy subjects with a focus on functional haemodynamic imaging as a more recent approach to the study of the relationship between brain and behaviour. Data indicate that vocal music performance is predominantly bound to the right hemisphere. However, these lateralization effects appear to be less robust or pronounced than functional asymmetry of speech production.
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