grammar and music ("Daniel J. Tollin" )

Subject: grammar and music
From:    "Daniel J. Tollin"  <tollin(at)PHYSIOLOGY.WISC.EDU>
Date:    Thu, 3 May 2001 08:54:24 -0500

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 showed 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. University of Wisconsin-Madison FAX: (608)-265-5512 Department of Physiology Phone:(608)-265-5143 290 Medical Sciences Building tollin(at) 1300 University Avenue Madison, WI 53706

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