The neurobiology of music is a sizzling hot topic these years. The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences has published not one, not two, but increadibly three issues dedicated to it since 2001! [The first can be found here; the second here; and the third here.] Nature Neuroscience put out a themed issue in July 2003, and it appears that Cognition soon will follow suite with a special issue of their own. At least, perusing their in press papers I found eight upcoming papers on music, including a review by the doyenne of music studies, Isabelle Peretz, a very interesting take on the evolution of the music faculty by the always great Tecumseh Fitch, and a theoretical paper by Ray Jackendoff and Fred Lerdahl (who wrote a whole book about a generative theory music many years ago). I'll probably get back to some of these papers at a later point in time, but for now, here is an overview with links to find them.
- Hearing a melody in different ways: Multistability of metrical interpretation, reflected in rate limits of sensorimotor synchronization
Bruno H. Repp
- The nature of music from a biological perspective
- Varieties of musical experience
Jamshed J. Bharucha, Meagan Curtis and Kaivon Paroo
- Are we “experienced listeners”? A review of the musical capacities that do not depend on formal musical training
E. Bigand and B. Poulin-Charronnat
- The biology and evolution of music: A comparative perspective
W. Tecumseh Fitch
- The capacity for music: What is it, and what’s special about it?
Ray Jackendoff and Fred Lerdahl
- Infant music perception: Domain-general or domain-specific mechanisms?
Sandra E. Trehub and Erin E. Hannon
- Cross-modal interactions in the perception of musical performance
- Bradley W. Vines, Carol L. Krumhansl, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Daniel J. Leviti