Influence of musical training on pitch processing: event-related brain potential studies of adults and children

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Dec;1060:93-7. doi: 10.1196/annals.1360.054.


The aim of this experiment was to determine whether eight weeks of musical training based on pitch processing could help eight-year-old children detect pitch changes in language. Results show that a relatively short exposure (eight weeks) to pitch processing in music exerts some influence on pitch processing in language. Therefore, these results are in line with the hypothesis that common processes may underlie pitch processing in language and in music.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Auditory Perception
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Child
  • Electroencephalography
  • Evoked Potentials*
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Music*
  • Pitch Discrimination*
  • Pitch Perception*