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Early neural responses underlie advantages for consonance over dissonance

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dc.contributor.author Crespo Bojorque, Paola, 1985-
dc.contributor.author Monte Ordoño, Julia, 1989-
dc.contributor.author Toro Soto, Juan Manuel, 1976-
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-02T09:01:16Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-02T09:01:16Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Crespo-Bojorque P, Monte-Ordoño J, Toro JM. Early neural responses underlie advantages for consonance over dissonance. Neuropsychologia. 2018 Aug;117:188-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.06.005
dc.identifier.issn 0028-3932
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/42236
dc.description.abstract Consonant musical intervals tend to be more readily processed than dissonant intervals. In the present study, we explore the neural basis for this difference by registering how the brain responds after changes in consonance and dissonance, and how formal musical training modulates these responses. Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were registered while participants were presented with sequences of consonant intervals interrupted by a dissonant interval, or sequences of dissonant intervals interrupted by a consonant interval. Participants were musicians and non-musicians. Our results show that brain responses triggered by changes in a consonant context differ from those triggered in a dissonant context. Changes in a sequence of consonant intervals are rapidly processed independently of musical expertise, as revealed by a change-related mismatch negativity (MMN, a component of the ERPs triggered by an odd stimulus in a sequence of stimuli) elicited in both musicians and non-musicians. In contrast, changes in a sequence of dissonant intervals elicited a late MMN only in participants with prolonged musical training. These different neural responses might form the basis for the processing advantages observed for consonance over dissonance and provide information about how formal musical training modulates them.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant agreement no. 312519.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.ispartof Neuropsychologia. 2018 Aug;117:188-98.
dc.rights © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.title Early neural responses underlie advantages for consonance over dissonance
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.06.005
dc.subject.keyword Consonance
dc.subject.keyword Dissonance
dc.subject.keyword Music processing
dc.subject.keyword Musical training
dc.subject.keyword MMN
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/312519
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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