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date: 09 December 2019

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To produce vocalizations including speech and song, the control of all muscles along the vocal tract (e.g. for respiration, vocal fold motion, resonance changes, and articulation) requires the concerted effort of a vast network of brain regions. However, singers are usually unaware of the neural networks that govern and coordinate all of these muscle groups, or what happens in these networks when auditory or somatosensory feedback notifies the singer of vocal errors, or if feedback is compromised even temporarily. In this chapter, the authors attempt to define the basic neural networks involved in singing, discuss how these networks may change due to extensive vocal training and practice, and present recent findings that illustrate how the networks respond to alterations to auditory and kinesthetic feedback.

Keywords: brain, neural networks, vocalization, auditory feedback, somatosensory feedback

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