Perceiving Prosody in Speech: Effects of Music Lessons

William Forde Thompson*, E. Glenn Schellenberg, Gabriela Husain

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In two experiments, musically trained and untrained adults were tested on their ability to match spoken utterances with their tonal analogues (tone sequences that retained the pitch and temporal patterns of the utterances). In both cases, musical training was associated with superior performance, indicating an enhanced ability to extract prosodic information from spoken phrases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-532
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes


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