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Thomas Hans Fritz, Wiske Renders, Karsten Müller, Paul Schmude, Marc Leman, Robert Turner and Arno Villringer Anatomical differences in the human inferior colliculus relate to the perceived valence of musical consonance and dissonance European Journal of Neuroscience 38

Version of Record online: 16 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12305

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Here we indirectly investigated peripheral vs. central processing of dissonance in music. Results showed a role of both peripheral and central mechanisms in the pleasantness percept of dichotic dissonance in music. Substantial between participant variations in binaural integration of dichotic dissonance in a VBM analysis related to grey matter density differences in the inferior colliculus (IC), which strongly substantiates a key role of the IC in consonance/dissonance representation in humans.

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