Neuroscience and Music
m.kirkcaldie at removethis.unsw.edu.au
Thu Sep 9 20:30:18 EST 2004
In article <MT%%c.287066$5D1.12713467 at news4.tin.it>,
Gunten1 <spam at superspam.com> wrote:
> Excuse me for my english, I'm Italian.
> I have a strange question...
> If one person is very good to recognize *instantly* a song, a rhythm, a
> Which is the mainly brain hemisphere activated, the left or the right ?
Generally musical appreciation is thought to be a function of the right
hemisphere; however, the processes of recognition is a function of
memory, and may involve the left hemisphere as well. The enjoyment of
music has been associated with activity in BOTH hemispheres! Of course,
only selective parts of the hemispheres are activated.
> And is there any connection with the "musical intelligence" and Creative
> Talent in music ? Or are they two separate things?
Well, if you can say what "musical intelligence" is then somebody might
have an answer to that. I do know that musical education levels relate
to perception of musical stimuli, but that's not a surprise. I doubt
anybody would even agree on what creative talent is, so I doubt there is
a sensible answer to your question.
If I had to guess, I would say that quick recognition of music depends
on how individuals access their memory, which in turn would depend on
which senses were dominant and what their experience had been. Those
things might indicate someone who was more interested in music and hence
more likely to be musically creative, than creative in other ways.
That's pure speculation though.
I know many people can replay music at will in their minds if they are
familiar with it - I certainly can, and I can pick it apart into
different instruments by concentrating. I'm not musically creative
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