The study of music and the brain can be traced back to the work of Gall
in the 18th century, continuing with John Hughlings Jackson, August
Knoblauch, Richard Wallaschek, and others. These early researchers were
interested in localizing musicality in the brain and learning more about
how music is processed in both healthy individuals and those with
dysfunctions of various kinds. Since then, the research literature has
mushroomed, especially in the latter part of the 20th and early 21st
The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Brain is a
groundbreaking compendium of current research on music in the human
brain. It brings together an international roster of 54 authors from 13
countries providing an essential guide to this rapidly growing field.
major themes include Music, the Brain, and Cultural Contexts; Music
Processing in The Human Brain; Neural Responses to Music; Musicianship
and Brain Function; Developmental Issues in Music and the Brain; Music,
the Brain, and Health; and the Future. Each chapter offers a thorough
review of the current status of research literature as well as an
examination of limitations of knowledge and suggestions for future
advancement and research efforts.
The book is valuable for a
broad readership including neuroscientists, musicians, clinicians,
researchers and scholars from related fields but also readers with a
general interest in the topic.
Table of Contents
Section I. Introduction 1: The Neuroscientific Study of Music: A New Discipline, Michael H. Thaut and Donald A. Hodges Section II. Music, the Brain, and Cultural Contexts 2: Music through the Lens of Cultural Neuroscience, Michael H. Thaut and Donald A. Hodges 3: Cultural Distance: A computational approach to exploring cultural influences on music cognition, Steve J. Morrison, Steven M. Demorest, and Marcus T. Pearce 4: When extravagance impresses: Recasting esthetics in evolutionary terms, Bjorn Merker Section III. Music processing in The Human Brain 5: Cerebral Organization of Music Processing, Thenille Braun Janzen and Michael H. Thaut 6: Network Neuroscience: An Introduction to Graph Theory Network-Based Techniques for Music and Brain Imaging Research, Robin W. Wilkins 7: Acoustic structure and musical function: Musical notes informing auditory research, Mike Schutz 8: Neural Basis of Rhythm Perception, Christina M Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden, Eric T. Taylor, and Jessica A. Grahn 9: Neural Basis of Music Perception: Pitch, Harmony, and Timbre, Stefan Koelsch 10: Multisensory Processing in Music, Frank Russo Section IV. Neural Responses to Music: Cognition, Affect, Language 11: Music and Memory, Lutz Jäncke 12: Music and attention, executive function, and creativity, Psyche Loui and Rachel Guetta 13: Neural Correlates of Music and Emotion, Patrik N. Juslin and Laura S. Sakka 14: Neurochemical Responses to Music, Yuko Koshimori 15: The neuroaesthetics of music: A research agenda coming of age, Elvira Brattico 16: Music and Language, Daniele Schön and Benjamin Morillon Section V. Musicianship and Brain Function 17: Musical Expertise and Brain Structure: The causes and consequences of training, Virginia B. Penhune 18: Genomics approaches for studying musical aptitude and related traits, Irma Järvelä 19: Brain Research in Music Performance, Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya, Daniel S. Scholz, and Christos I. Ioannou 20: Brain Research in Music Improvisation, Aaron Berkowitz and Michael G. Erkkinen 21: Neural mechanisms of musical imagery, Timothy L. Hubbard 22: Neuroplasticity in Music Learning, Vesa Putkinen and Mari Tervaniemi Section VI. Development al Issues in Music and the Brain 23: The Role of Musical Development in Early Language Acquisition, Anthony Brandt, L. Robert Slevc, and Molly Gebrian 24: Rhythm, Meter, and Timing: The heartbeat of musical development, Laurel J Trainor and Susan Marsh-Rollo 25: Music and the Aging Brain, L. Ferreri, A. Moussard, E. Bigand, and B. Tillmann 26: Music Training and Cognitive Abilities: Associations, Causes, and Consequences, Swathi Swaminathan and E. Glenn Schellenberg 27: The Neuroscience of Children on the Autism Spectrum with Exceptional Musical Abilities, Adam Ockelford Section VII. Music, the Brain, and Health 28: Music and Sensorimotor Functions, Corene Thaut and Klaus Martin Stephan 29: Music-Induced Speech and Language Rehabilitation, Yune Lee, Corene Thaut, and Charlene Santoni 30: Neurologic Music Therapy to target Cognitive and Affective Functions, Shantala Hegde 31: Musical Disorders, Isabelle Royal, Sébastien Paquette, and Pauline Tranchant 32: When blue turns to grey: the enigma of musician's dystonia, David Peterson Section VII. The Future 33: New Horizons for Brain Research in Music, Michael H. Thaut and Donald A. Hodges