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The brain basis of music and language – In search of common roots


Sammler,  Daniela
Otto Hahn Group Neural Bases of Intonation in Speech, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Sammler, D. (2015). The brain basis of music and language – In search of common roots. Talk presented at Department Seminar. University of Helsinki, Finland. 2015-12-03 - 2015-12-04.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-299F-4
Unlike any other species, humans possess the unique abilities to make and enjoy music, and to produce and comprehend language. Coincidence? Rather not. Theorists believe that evolution has shaped the neural architecture in a way that endowed man with the necessary cognitive machinery to master these two domains with unrivalled ease. The past decade of comparative research in both domains promised to shed light onto common cognitive roots of music and language. The present talk will discuss evidence for and against cognitive overlap, methodological pitfalls and new directions in how to compare cognitive domains, as a potential window into the human mind.