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Meyer, Martin; Elmer, Stefan; Jäncke, Lutz (2012). Musical expertise induces neuroplasticity of the planum temporale. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1252(1):116-123.

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The present manuscript summarizes and discusses the implications of recent neuroimaging studies, which have investigated the relationship between musical expertise and structural, as well as functional, changes in an auditory-related association cortex, namely, the planum temporale (PT). Since the bilateral PT is known to serve as a spectrotemporal processor that supports perception of acoustic modulations in both speech and music, it comes as no surprise that musical expertise corresponds to functional sensitivity and neuroanatomical changes in cortical architecture. In this context, we focus on the following question: To what extent does musical expertise affect the functioning of the left and right plana temporalia? We discuss the relationship between behavioral, hemodynamic, and neuroanatomical data obtained from musicians in light of maturational and developmental issues. In particular, we introduce two studies of our group that show to what extent brains of musicians are more proficient in phonetic task performance.


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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:transfer effects; hemispheric lateralization; planum temporale; auditory neuroplasticity; voice onset time; musical expertise
Deposited On:08 May 2012 13:10
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:48
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2012.06450.x
PubMed ID:22524348

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