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Syntactic complexity and musical proficiency modulate neural processing of non-native music
Ma, Xie1,2,3; Ding, Nai4,5,6; Tao, Yun2,3; Yang, Yu Fang1
Corresponding AuthorYang, Yu Fang(yangyf@psych.ac.cn)
2018-12-01
Source PublicationNEUROPSYCHOLOGIA
ISSN0028-3932
Volume121Pages:164-174
AbstractIn music, chords are organized into hierarchical structures on the basis of musical syntax and the syntax of Western music can be implicitly acquired by listeners growing up in a Western musical culture. Here, we investigated whether Western musical syntax of different complexities can be implicitly acquired by non-native listeners growing up in China. This study used electroencephalography (EEG) to measure how the neural responses to musical sequences that either follow a simple rule, i.e., finite state grammar (FSG), or a complex rule, i.e., phrase structure grammar (PSG), are affected. We tested three groups of Chinese listeners who varied in their proficiency and experience in Western music. Only the high-proficiency group had received formal Western musical training, whereas the low- and moderate-proficiency groups varied in their degree of exposure to Western music. The results showed that in the FSG condition, the event-related potentials (ERPs) evoked by regular and irregular final chords were not significantly different in the low-proficiency group. In contrast, in the moderate- and high-proficiency groups, the irregular final chords evoked an ERAN-N5 biphasic response. In the PSG condition, however, only the high-proficiency group showed an ERAN-N5 biphasic response evoked by irregular final chords. This study provides evidence that although simple structures of Western music, such as FSG, can be acquired by long-term implicit learning, the acquisition of more complex structures, such as PSG, merely from exposure to western music may not be as easy.
KeywordSyntax Non-native music Finite state grammar Phrase structure grammar EEG
DOI10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.10.005
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Yunnan Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[31470985] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31660282] ; Yunnan philosophy and social science planning project[QN2017043] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31470985] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31660282] ; Yunnan Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project[QN2017043]
WOS Research AreaBehavioral Sciences ; Neurosciences & Neurology ; Psychology
WOS SubjectBehavioral Sciences ; Neurosciences ; Psychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000460855700017
PublisherPERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
WOS KeywordERP RESPONSES ; NATIVE-LIKE ; 2ND-LANGUAGE ; LANGUAGE ; BRAIN ; L2 ; FMRI ; ENCULTURATION ; EXPLANATIONS ; ORGANIZATION
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/28649
Collection认知与发展心理学研究室
Corresponding AuthorYang, Yu Fang
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Yunnan Normal Univ, Coll Educ Sci & Management, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
3.Yunnan Normal Univ, Key Lab Educ Informatizat Nationalities, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.Zhejiang Univ, Coll Biomed Engn & Instrument Sci, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Peoples R China
5.Zhejiang Univ, Minist Educ, Key Lab Biomed Engn, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Peoples R China
6.Zhejiang Univ, State Key Lab Ind Control Technol, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Peoples R China
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Ma, Xie,Ding, Nai,Tao, Yun,et al. Syntactic complexity and musical proficiency modulate neural processing of non-native music[J]. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA,2018,121:164-174.
APA Ma, Xie,Ding, Nai,Tao, Yun,&Yang, Yu Fang.(2018).Syntactic complexity and musical proficiency modulate neural processing of non-native music.NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA,121,164-174.
MLA Ma, Xie,et al."Syntactic complexity and musical proficiency modulate neural processing of non-native music".NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA 121(2018):164-174.
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