Cortical Speech and Music Processes Revealed by Functional Neuroimaging

  • Robert J. Zatorre
  • Marc Schönwiesner


Economists tell us that wealth is created by trade and exchange. Assuming the same principle holds for intellectual wealth, the interactions between different levels of analysis, and the exchanges across disciplines that characterize contemporary neuroscience should provide us with great riches. Looking at the developments over the past decade in cognitive neuroscience of auditory processing would appear to bear this out. A significant amount of progress has been made, and much of it can be attributed to the possibilities for crossing boundaries afforded by neuroimaging tools. This chapter focuses on recent advances in our understanding of the human auditory cortex in the light of research using functional neuroimaging techniques. We emphasize the processing of music and speech, and how this knowledge complements knowledge drawn from other domains and other species.


Auditory Cortex Speech Sound Superior Temporal Sulcus Pitch Height Human Auditory Cortex 
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primary auditory cortex


blood oxygenated level dependent




functional magnetic resonance imaging


Heschl’s gyrus




mismatch negativity


positron emission tomography


planum temporale


superior temporal gyrus


superior temporal sulcus


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  1. 1.Department of NeuropsychologyMontreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  2. 2.International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound ResearchUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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