Is There a Central Brain Area for Hearing Melodies and Speech Cues?Released November 28, 2011
- The perceptual feature of sound known as pitch is fundamental to human hearing, allowing us to enjoy the melodies and harmonies of music and recognize the inflection of speech. Previous studies have suggested that a particular hotspot in the brain might be responsible for perceiving pitch. However, auditory neuroscientists are still hotly debating whether this “pitch center” actually exists. A new review article discusses a recent study claiming that this pitch center may not exist after all, or alternatively, may not be located where previous research has suggested.