Significance of Broca's area and ventral premotor cortex for music-syntactic processing

Cortex. 2006 May;42(4):518-20. doi: 10.1016/s0010-9452(08)70390-3.


This paper suggests that a cortical network comprising inferior frontolateral cortex [IFLC, corresponding to Brodmann's area (BA) 44], ventrolateral premotor cortex (vlPMC), and anterior superior temporal gyrus (aSTG) is involved in the processing of musical structure. This network presumably calculates harmonic relations between a chord and a preceding harmonic sequence, is involved in the detection of music-structural irregularities, and organizes fast short-term predictions of upcoming musical events.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electroencephalography
  • Frontal Lobe / physiology*
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Language*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Motor Cortex / physiology*
  • Music / psychology*
  • Nerve Net / physiology
  • Temporal Lobe / physiology