Special Issue "Advances in the Neurocognition of Music and Language"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2019
Dr. Daniela Sammler
Dr. Stefan Elmer
Auditory Research Group Zurich, University of Zurich, Institute of Psychology, Binzmuehlestrasse 14, Box 1, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland
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Interests: music training and transfer effects; spectrotemporal speech processing; language learning and expertise; multilingualism; speech, music and cognitive functions; functional and structural plasticity
Neurocomparative music and language research has seen major advances over the past two decades: The Shared Syntactic Integration Resource Hypothesis (SSIRH) has now come of age, fully matured, as has the Modularity of Music Processing, and yet research on the relationship between music and language has never lost its appeal. On the contrary, the field has left no stone unturned to explore neurofunctional similarities of syntax and rhythm, pitch and meaning, their emotional and communicative power, in ontogeny and phylogeny. Research on perceptual and cognitive transfer between domains has recognized the signs of times by exploring learning and cognitive reserve in aging and the benefits of neural entrainment, amongst others. Methods have been refined and the explanatory value of neural overlap has been questioned, all to draw a more nuanced picture on what is shared and what is not, and what this knowledge earns practitioners. The goal of this Special Issue is to take a step back and showcase persistent neural analogies between musical and linguistic information processing and their entwined organization in human cognition, to scrutinize the limits of neural overlap and sharing, and to conclude on the applicability of the combined knowledge in pedagogy and therapy.
Dr. Daniela Sammler
Dr. Stefan Elmer
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Music, speech and language
- Neural overlap
- Perception and cognition
- Learning and oscillatory dynamics
- Therapeutic applications, cognitive reserve, and aging
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Dissociation of spoken pitch and timing from sung pitch and rhythm in dysprosodic subjects following focal brain damage in two trained singers
Diana Van Lancker Sidtis; Ji Sook Ahn; Yoonji Kim
Singing and speech prosody share elemental acoustic components (pitch, timing, and rhythm) which may be differentially impacted by brain damage. Investigations of speech prosody and singing performance in persons who have suffered a stroke are challenging, requiring reliable measures and documentation of participants’ premorbid musical abilities. The effects of focal brain damage on timing, rhythm and fundamental frequency (F0, also pitch) in speech production and in singing were retrospectively investigated in two persons diagnosed with severely dysprosodic speech due to cerebral vascular accidents; both were experienced singers. Participant 1 suffered a large right hemisphere (RH) infarct and Participant 2 sustained a right-sided ischemic subcortical lesion, documented by CT scan and PET. Pitch and timing in lexical contrasts were acoustically analyzed, and accuracies of pitch and rhythm in personally familiar songs were measured and rated by listeners. Both study participants produced lexical contrasts with non-normal pitch trajectories but used timing relations that approached normal values. For Participant 1, familiar songs were sung with consistently incorrect tones, but accurate rhythm. Participant 2 sang with correct tones and rhythm. These case studies show a dissociation between pitch control and timing abilities for speech versus singing. Timing and rhythm were intact in both vocal tasks, while pitch control was differentially affected in speech as compared with singing. A proposal of the role of lesion location in retained and deficient prosodic components is offered. Better understanding of these dissociations may lead to better understanding of the relations between speaking and singing in cerebral function and may assist in assessment and treatment of dysprosody.