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Can Nonlinguistic Musical Training Change the Way the Brain Processes Speech?
Dr. Ani Patel
Professor, Department of Psychology
Friday, November 6th, 4:00 pm Tolentine 215
Mounting evidence suggests that musical training is associated with enhancements in certain aspects of speech processing (e.g., hearing speech in noise, prosody perception, and second language phonological abilities). Are these benefits caused by musical training, or is this merely a case of correlation without causation? If they are caused by training, how and why would such transfer effects occur? In this talk I will discuss recent evidence for associations between musical training and speech perception abilities, and lay out a theoretical framework which can explain how and why learning a musical instrument could impact speech processing.