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Natalya Kaganovich, Jihyun Kim, Caryn Herring, Jennifer Schumaker, Megan MacPherson and Christine Weber-Fox Musicians show general enhancement of complex sound encoding and better inhibition of irrelevant auditory change in music: an ERP study European Journal of Neuroscience 37

Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12110

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Musicians showed a larger N1 ERP component not only to musical and vocal sounds, but also to their spectrally-rotated versions (ROT), suggesting that musical training is associated with a general enhancement in the neural encoding of complex sounds. The musicians' ability to ignore irrelevant auditory change surpassed that of non-musician, but only when distractors were music sounds, pointing to the role of familiarity with a specific timbre in this skill.

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