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date: 07 July 2020

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Humans engage with music in many ways, and music is associated with many aspects of our personal and social lives. Music represents an organization of our auditory environments, and many neural processes must be recruited and coordinated both to perceive and to create musical patterns. Accordingly, our musical experiences depend on the interplay of diverse brain systems underlying perception, cognition, action, and emotion. Compared with the study of other human faculties, the neuroscientific study of music is relatively recent. Paradigms for examining musical functions have been adopted from other domains of neuroscience and also developed de novo. The relationship of music to other cognitive domains, in particular language, has garnered considerable attention. This chapter provides a survey of the experimental approaches taken, and emphasizes consistencies across the various studies that help us understand musical functions within the broader field of cognitive neuroscience.

Keywords: music, auditory environments, cognition, neuroscience

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