Cerebral dominance in musicians and nonmusicians

Thomas G. Bever, Robert J. Chiarello

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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