Music, Language, and the Brain

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In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato's time, the relationship between music and language has attracted interest and debate from a wide range of thinkers. Recently, scientific research on this topic has been growing rapidly, as scholars from diverse disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, music cognition, and neuroscience are drawn to the music-language interface as one way to explore the extent to which different mental abilities are processed by separate brain mechanisms. Accordingly, the relevant data and theories have been spread across a range of disciplines. This volume provides the first synthesis, arguing that music and language share deep and critical connections, and that comparative research provides a powerful way to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying these uniquely human abilities.Winner of the 2008 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award

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This book is an impressive summary of studies relating music and language; however, it is not for the lay reader. I read this in a group with other graduate students and professors in linguistics and ... Read full review

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Pitch and Timbre
Chapter 3 Rhythm
Chapter 4 Melody
Chapter 5 Syntax
Chapter 6 Meaning
Chapter 7 Evolution
List of Sound Examples
List of Credits
Author Index
Subject Index

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After attending the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, Aniruddh D. Patel obtained his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University, where he studied with Edward O. Wilson. His research focuses on how the brain processes music and language, especially what the similarities and differences between the two reveal about each other and about the brain itself. Patel has served as president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University.

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