Cerebral dominance in musicians and nonmusicians

Thomas G. Bever, Robert J. Chiarello

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Abstract

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)537-539
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume185
Issue number4150
DOIs
StatePublished - 1974
Externally publishedYes

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