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GUEST,Wolfgang Music and language (23) RE: Music and language 23 Nov 04

the joys of making one's living in one of the soft sciences. (21 Nov 04 - 09:11 AM)
Rather the joys of commenting on a subject without reading first.

This is the first time in my life that I have seen research in the Neurosciences described as 'soft'. The paper McGrath has linked to is described as the 'Popular version'. Popular versions tend to 'sound' softer for good reasons.

I don't know the long version so I don't know whether I'd consider it good research but the result fits well into other findings about music and language. For instance,
(1) Persons with native languages in which pitch plays a role (Chinese for instance) are more likely to have 'absolute pitch'.
(2) In music professionals the brain region for language is also (in addition to other brain regions) involved in music processing, whereas people with less contact to music do not use the speech center for music processing.


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