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Music and words in the visual cortex: The impact of musical expertise

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Mongelli, V., Dehaene, S., Vinckier, F., Peretz, I., Bartolomeo, P., & Cohen, L. (2017). Music and words in the visual cortex: The impact of musical expertise. Cortex, 86, 260-274. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2016.05.016.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-AAD7-A
How does the human visual system accommodate expertise for two simultaneously acquired
symbolic systems? We used fMRI to compare activations induced in the visual
cortex by musical notation, written words and other classes of objects, in professional
musicians and in musically naı¨ve controls. First, irrespective of expertise, selective activations
for music were posterior and lateral to activations for words in the left occipitotemporal
cortex. This indicates that symbols characterized by different visual features
engage distinct cortical areas. Second, musical expertise increased the volume of activations
for music and led to an anterolateral displacement of word-related activations. In
musicians, there was also a dramatic increase of the brain-scale networks connected to the
music-selective visual areas. Those findings reveal that acquiring a double visual expertise
involves an expansion of category-selective areas, the development of novel long-distance
functional connectivity, and possibly some competition between categories for the colonization
of cortical space