Neural Encoding of Pitch Direction Is Enhanced in Musically Trained Children and Is Related to Reading Skills

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Putkinen , V , Huotilainen , M & Tervaniemi , M 2019 , ' Neural Encoding of Pitch Direction Is Enhanced in Musically Trained Children and Is Related to Reading Skills ' , Frontiers in Psychology , vol. 10 , 1475 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01475

Title: Neural Encoding of Pitch Direction Is Enhanced in Musically Trained Children and Is Related to Reading Skills
Author: Putkinen, Vesa; Huotilainen, Minna; Tervaniemi, Mari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Cognitive Brain Research Unit
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2019-07-24
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305347
Abstract: Musical training in childhood has been linked to enhanced sound encoding at different stages of the auditory processing. In the current study, we used auditory event-related potentials to investigate cortical sound processing in 9- to 15-year-old children (N = 88) with and without musical training. Specifically, we recorded the mismatch negativity (MMN) and P3a responses in an oddball paradigm consisting of standard tone pairs with ascending pitch and deviant tone pairs with descending pitch. A subsample of the children (N = 44) also completed a standardized test of reading ability. The musically trained children showed a larger P3a response to the deviant sound pairs. Furthermore, the amplitude of the P3a correlated with a pseudo-word reading test score. These results corroborate previous findings on enhanced sound encoding in musically trained children and are in line with studies suggesting that neural discrimination of spectrotemporal sound patterns is predictive of reading ability.
Subject: mismatch negativity
musical training
P3a
reading
brain development
MISMATCH NEGATIVITY
AUDITORY-CORTEX
DISCRIMINATION
ABILITIES
RESPONSES
DURATION
SPEECH
MMN
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