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Structural and functional asymmetry of lateral Heschl's gyrus reflects pitch perception preference

Schneider, Peter, Sluming, Vanessa, Roberts, Neil, Scherg, Michael, Goebel, Rainer, Specht, Hans J., Dosch, H. Günter, Bleeck, Stefan, Stippich, Christoph and Rupp, André (2005) Structural and functional asymmetry of lateral Heschl's gyrus reflects pitch perception preference Nature Neuroscience, 8, (9), pp. 1241-7. (doi:10.1038/nn1530).

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The relative pitch of harmonic complex sounds, such as instrumental sounds, may be perceived by decoding either the fundamental pitch (f0) or the spectral pitch (fSP) of the stimuli. We classified a large cohort of 420 subjects including symphony orchestra musicians to be either f0 or fSP listeners, depending on the dominant perceptual mode. In a subgroup of 87 subjects, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and magnetoencephalography studies demonstrated a strong neural basis for both types of pitch perception irrespective of musical aptitude. Compared with f0 listeners, fSP listeners possessed a pronounced rightward, rather than leftward, asymmetry of gray matter volume and P50m activity within the pitch-sensitive lateral Heschl's gyrus. Our data link relative hemispheric lateralization with perceptual stimulus properties, whereas the absolute size of the Heschl's gyrus depends on musical aptitude.

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Published date: 2005
Organisations: Human Sciences Group


Local EPrints ID: 28345
ISSN: 1097-6256
PURE UUID: dfcbdc1c-a166-427a-a678-435ebed1e4c5
ORCID for Stefan Bleeck: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 02 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:01

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Author: Peter Schneider
Author: Vanessa Sluming
Author: Neil Roberts
Author: Michael Scherg
Author: Rainer Goebel
Author: Hans J. Specht
Author: H. Günter Dosch
Author: Stefan Bleeck ORCID iD
Author: Christoph Stippich
Author: André Rupp

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