Musicians Outperform Nonmusicians in Speech Imitation

  • Barbara Pastuszek-Lipińska
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-85035-9_4

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4969)
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Pastuszek-Lipińska B. (2008) Musicians Outperform Nonmusicians in Speech Imitation. In: Kronland-Martinet R., Ystad S., Jensen K. (eds) Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval. Sense of Sounds. CMMR 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4969. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Recently can be observed a growing interest in the effects of music on humans. Music has been called a food or a multi-sensory fitness of the brain. Many studies have already confirmed that practice and active involvement in music improve spatio-temporal functions, verbal memory, visuo-spatial abilities, reading, self-esteem, and generally cognitive processes. In the present paper, a general overview of research on the influence of music on humans has been provided. Moreover, it has been presented data on a research project, which was conducted with the aim to examine whether music education may be viewed as one of the factors, that improve second language acquisition.


musicianship musical abilities foreign language acquisition speech perception auditory functions cognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Pastuszek-Lipińska
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  1. 1.School of EnglishAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland

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