Mechanisms and Disorders of Tone Processing

Author(s): Patrick Wong

Abstract

Along the ascending auditory pathway are neural structures that show sensitivity to frequency modulation and pitch. I will discuss a series of experiments that examine how linguistically relevant pitch patterns are processed along this pathway, and how long- and short-term auditory experiences may shape this pathway. I will then discuss the behavioral and neurological manifestations of amusia in tone language speakers. How ascending and descending neural connections may contribute to tone processing will be explored.

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