Cerebral Dominance in Musicians and Nonmusicians

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Science  09 Aug 1974:
Vol. 185, Issue 4150, pp. 537-539
DOI: 10.1126/science.185.4150.537


Musically experienced listeners recognize simple melodies better in the right ear than the left, while the reverse is true for naive listeners. Hence, contrary to previous reports, music perception supports the hypothesis that the left hemisphere is dominant for analytic processing and the right hemisphere for holistic processing.