About this Research Topic
The aim of this Research Topic is to bridge the gaps between neurophysiology, psychophysics and auditory modeling, in an effort to elucidate the interrelations between melodic and neural structures. Our main focus is on the early transient and sustained auditory cortical response to musical melodies, measured with electro-/magnetoencephalography (EEG/MEG); we are interested in studies that relate this activity to psychophysical observations (e. g., absolute versus relative pitch, perceptual grouping) and to computational models of auditory processing operating at multiple time scales (from single-note level to complex statistical regularities).
Moreover, we invite studies that assess bottom-up and top-down influences on early melody processing; this may involve subcortical input (e. g., frequency-following responses) as well as contributions from higher regions (e. g., oscillatory coupling with frontal areas, functional imaging of large-scale cortical networks). Finally, research that investigates the impact of individual musical expertise on different stages of neural melody processing is particularly welcome; the same also applies to Review, Opinion and Perspective articles which provide an integrative methodological view on our Topic.
Keywords: Auditory Cortex, Pitch, Melody, Statistical Learning, Temporal Processing
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