Monday, February 7, 2011

Music & Language

Research suggests that music and language processing depend on some of the same brain systems.

One brain system, based in the temporal lobes, helps humans memorize information in language and music (e.g. words and meanings and familiar melodies). The other system, based in the frontal lobes, helps us unconsciously learn and employ the rules underlying language and music (e.g. syntax and harmony).

The study 1) confirms one set of brain structures underlies rules in language and music, 2) suggests that a different brain system underlies memorized information in both. Therefore, language and music both depend on 2 different brain systems for rules and arbitrary information.

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