Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Different Ways We Hear Music- Kids vs. Adults

Here's an other reminder that our experiences are very different from our children's: whether musically trained or not, adults had much richer brain activation patterns to music than children. There are likely several reasons for this, including richer personal associations, a stronger database of established patterns for music (musical 'syntax'), and personal memories (temporal lobes). Adult musicians showed significantly more activation in the left hemisphere, probably reflecting a better cognitive or analytical understanding of music.

Adults, Children, and the fMRI of Music pdf

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