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Re: grammar and music

Hi Daniel,

we discussed your issue on this list a few days ago. You might like to read
Robert Zatorre's letter under


and my reply under


Other animals are unlikely to show this effect, because they bother very
little about the balance of melody lines. You might have success with some
melody lines in some birds, though.


----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel J. Tollin <tollin@PHYSIOLOGY.WISC.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 3:54 PM
Subject: grammar and music

> Hi,
>         If I understand correctly, one of the pieces of evidence
supporting the
> notion that humans have a musical grammar faculty is that we are able to
> discriminate when an inappropriate note is played in place of a "correct"
> note in a piece of music an observer may have never heard before.  And
> apparently one can also record EEG correlates of this phenomenon.  Any
> chance of finding the same thing in an animal?
> Also, in England a few years back the BBC (or ITV or Channel4, I don't
> remember) aired a series of shows on audition.  In one segment, they
> an example of an observer's ability to detect a deviant note.  And I
> believe they also showed the corresponding differences in brain activity.
> Anybody remember that show and is there any way to get a copy?
> Cheers,
> Daniel J. Tollin, Ph.D.