Brain potentials in patients with music perception deficits: Evidence for an early locus

Thomas F. Münte*, Maria Schuppert, Sönke Johannes, Bernardina M. Wieringa, Christina Kohlmetz, Eckart Altenmüller

*Corresponding author for this work
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Twelve patients with an acute cerebrovascular accident were assigned to a group with music perception deficits (amusia, n = 6) or a group without such deficits (n = 6) on the basis of a new test-battery for music-perception skills. Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were recorded in an auditory classification task designed to elicit several components; the N1 as a correlate of initial auditory cortical processing, the P3a as an index of automatic attentional orienting, and the P3b as a measure for controlled stimulus evaluation. Patients with amusia showed a significant amplitude decrement for the P3a relative to controls and patients without amusia suggesting an impairment of early stimulus evaluation. P3b was reduced in both patient groups relative to control. These data show that amusia is quite common in unselected stroke patients and suggest deficits of generic rather than music-specific cognitive processes as the underlying cause.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)85-88
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 06.11.1998

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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