Neural correlates of rapid spectrotemporal processing in musicians and nonmusicians

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Dec;1060:82-8. doi: 10.1196/annals.1360.040.


Our results suggest that musical training alters the functional anatomy of rapid spectrotemporal processing, resulting in improved behavioral performance along with a more efficient functional network primarily involving traditional language regions. This finding may have important implications for improving language/reading skills, especially in children struggling with dyslexia.

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Auditory Pathways*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Music*
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Pitch Discrimination*
  • Pitch Perception
  • Time Factors