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Music and the brain: Disorders of musical listening

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lauren Stewart, Dr Katherina von Kriegstein, Dr Jason Warren, Professor Tim GriffithsORCiD


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The study of the brain bases for normal musical listening has advanced greatly in the last 30 years. The evidence from basic and clinical neuroscience suggests that listening to music involves many cognitive components with distinct brain substrates. Using patient cases reported in the literature, we develop an approach for understanding disordered musical listening that is based on the systematic assessment of the perceptual and cognitive analysis of music and its emotional effect. This approach can be applied both to acquired and congenital deficits of musical listening, and to aberrant listening in patients with musical hallucinations. Both the bases for normal musical listening and the clinical assessment of disorders now have a solid grounding in systems neuroscience. © The Author (2006). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Guarantors of Brain. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Stewart L, Von Kriegstein K, Warren JD, Griffiths TD

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Brain

Year: 2006

Volume: 129

Issue: 10

Pages: 2533-2553

ISSN (print): 0006-8950

ISSN (electronic): 1460-2156


DOI: 10.1093/brain/awl171