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Music, Language, and the Brain$
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Aniruddh D. Patel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123753.001.0001

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
Music, Language, and the Brain

Aniruddh D. Patel

Oxford University Press

According to Nettl in 2000, both language and music, regardless of the cultural aspects that are absent within a particular society such as perhaps the notion of numbers and counting, serve as traits that define every human society. While both language and music involve complex sequences of sound, cognitive science has not yet been able to fully explore such domains, and researchers today from various fields of expertise are now showing interest towards this interdisciplinary enterprise. This is because, in contrast to how examining the brains and behavior of animals may be simplified by the similarities between our various senses and experiences, human beings have a unique capability of making sense of different sounds. As humans possess two systems that are able to aid in processing complex acoustic sequences into distinct elements, cognitive science is provided with the opportunity to compare and contrast language and music to further understand such mechanisms.

Keywords:   language, music, human society, experiences, senses, sounds, acoustic sequences, cognitive science

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