EEG-Studies in Musical Perception and Performances

  • H. Petsche
  • H. Pockberger
  • P. Rappelsberger


In the past decade, electroencephalography has turned out to become a useful tool for the understanding of human cognition. The application of statistical and analytical methods to the electrical signals produced by the brain has brought some insight into the meaning of electrical events accompanying the conceptual processing of sensory perception and volition. There is an enormous proliferation of psychological experiments to study eventrelated responses, which are known to contain some information on mental processes. The same holds true for the still increasing sophistication of the experimental paradigms. Nevertheless, it seems doubtful, whether all these psychological tasks, which are often meaningless for the persons performing them, are capable of revealing major relations between thinking processes and EEG phenomena. As Ulric Neisser rightly states: “A satisfactory theory of human cognition can hardly be established by experiments that provide inexperienced subjects with brief opportunities to perform novel and meaningless tasks” (1976).


Median Frequency Alpha Power Absolute Power Theta Power Musical Perception 
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  • H. Petsche
  • H. Pockberger
  • P. Rappelsberger

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