The Difference in the Cerebral Processing Mechanism for Musical Sounds between Japanese and Non-Japanese and its Relation to Mother Tongue

  • T. Tsunoda


Studies on the functional differences of the right and left cerebral hemispheres initially began as a result of observing the relationship between the brain injuries and clinical symptoms of patients. Today, this type of clinical observation is considered to be the most authentic method of studying human brain physiology. While the foremost merit of this method is the direct approach to human brains, its principal limitation is the inability to investigate normal brain subjects. The clinical observation of patients with a bisected brain, long considered as the most reliable sample to investigating hemispheric functional differences, does not deal with normal subjects with a complete brain.


Pure Tone Japanese Subject Vowel Sound Cerebral Dominance Instrumental Music 
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