Re: musical hallucinations (Pierre Divenyi )

Subject: Re: musical hallucinations
From:    Pierre Divenyi  <pdivenyi(at)EBIRE.ORG>
Date:    Wed, 7 Aug 2002 11:33:57 -0700

Dear Al and all, Here is the 64K$ question: what is musical hallucination and what is mental rehearsal of music? As a musician, I can attest being able to "hear" music at will (pieces that I know well), or sometimes even against my will, with details sometimes as complete as during real listening. A colleague of mine, Tom Nakada, has performed a few fMRI experiments and found that the regions of activity for real and mental listening were comparable, except for the absence of activity at and around primary auditory areas when no sounds were present. One person's musical hallucination is another person's rehearsal. Greetings, Pierre Pierre L. Divenyi, Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Research V.A. Medical Center and East Bay Institute for Research and Education Martinez, CA 94553 Phone: +1 (925) 370-6745 FAX: +1 (925) 229-3035 e-mail: pdivenyi(at)

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