Brain Mechanism in Music

Prolegomena for a Theory of the Meaning of Meaning
  • Karl H. Pribram


Research into the relationship between musical abilities and the brain has benefited from a series of recent technical innovations. These have made possible two basic approaches: One involves the use of dichotic listening techniques and infers hemispheric specialization on the basis of comparing performance between the left and right ears. A second approach is to construct musical tasks which are similar to those in classical experimental psychology and where brain-behavioral correlates have been demonstrated in animal models. Thus by delineating similarities and differences in processing between musical and non-musical tasks, models or theories of brain function can be attempted.


Brain Mechanism Ambiguous Sentence Behavioral Habituation Phrase Structure Grammar Musical Symbol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl H. Pribram
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  1. 1.Neuropsychology LaboratoriesStanford University StanfordStanfordUSA

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