Modularity of music processing

Isabelle Peretz*, Max Coltheart

*Corresponding author for this work

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The music faculty is not a monolithic entity that a person either has or does not. Rather, it comprises a set of neurally isolable processing components, each having the potential to be specialized for music. Here we propose a functional architecture for music processing that captures the typical properties of modular organization. The model rests essentially on the analysis of music-related deficits in neurologically impaired individuals, but provides useful guidelines for exploring the music faculty in normal people, using methods such as neuroimaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-691
Number of pages4
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2003


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