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How the Brain Understands Music

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Science  27 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5517, pp. 623
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5517.623

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A brain imaging study in the May issue of Nature Neuroscience confirms that people's brains are finely tuned to recognizing "musical syntax," just as they are for verbal grammar. What's more, they have found that some of this musical processing goes on in Broca's area, which is chiefly associated with language.