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    Sentence pitch change detection in the native and unfamiliar language in musicians and non-musicians : Behavioral, electrophysiological and psychoacoustic study

    Deguchi C., Boureux M., Sarlo M., Besson M., Grassi M., Schön D., Colombo L. (2012) Sentence pitch change detection in the native and unfamiliar language in musicians and non-musicians : Behavioral, electrophysiological and psychoacoustic study. Brain Research, 1455, 75-89. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2012.03.034. (PDF – 1.6 Mo) Previous ERP studies have shown that musicians detect a pitch change in spoken sentences better than non-musicians in both native (French, Schön et al., 2004) and unfamiliar (Portuguese, Marques et al., 2007) language. The aim of the present study was to further investigate differences between musicians and non-musicians in processing pitch changes in spoken sentences. To study the effects of familiarity of intonational contour and of the presence of meaningful context,…