Overlap of Musical and Linguistic Syntax Processing: Intracranial ERP Evidence


Address for correspondence: Daniela Sammler, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Stephanstrasse 1a, 04103 Leipzig, Germany. Voice: +49 (0)341 99 40 2467; fax: +49 (0)341 99 40 113. sammler@cbs.mpg.de


The present study investigated the co-localization of musical and linguistic syntax processing in the human brain. EEGs were recorded from subdural electrodes placed on the left and right perisylvian cortex. The neural generators of the early potentials elicited by syntactic errors in music and language were localized by means of distributed source modeling and compared within subjects. The combined results indicated a partial overlap of the sources within the bilateral superior temporal gyrus, and, to a lesser extent, in the left inferior frontal gyrus, qualifying these areas as shared anatomic substrates of early syntactic error detection in music and language.