P. J. Donnelly, C. J. Limb

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Music is a complex human phenomenon, the perception of which involves a variety of neural processes. Data from neuroimaging, neurophysiologic, and lesion-based studies provide valuable evidence of the neural substrates that underlie the perception of musical aspects such as pitch, melody, rhythm, timbre, and musical syntax. Furthermore, these studies shed light on the relationship between music and language, music-induced emotion, and neural plasticity caused by musical training. Through the systematic examination of musical components, neuroscientists have begun to describe a compelling model of how the auditory brain processes and perceives the complex sounds of music.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Auditory cortex
  • Emotion
  • Functional MRI
  • Language
  • Melody
  • Music
  • PET
  • Pitch
  • Plasticity
  • Rhythm
  • Timbre
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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