Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
brain, hemisphere, identirication, music, processing
In a dichotic listening study using a musical priming paradigm Hoch and Tillman (2010) found a left-ear advantage for the tonal function effect on spoken syllable identification, suggesting a right-hemispheric specialization for musical structure processing. A pilot study was performed using healthy right-handed non-musician participants to investigate the possible moderating effects of the Hoch and Tillman (2010) findings caused by alternating response hand as well as response key orientation. Several interactions were found which indicated that response hand and response key orientation moderated task performance. Modulations appeared to be due to a Coherence between response hand and response key orientation, as well as a possible interference occurring due to the contralateral processing of each hemi-field of internal visual representations of task response keys.
Finnegan, Deirdre M., "Hemispheric Specialization for Musical Structure Processing: A Dichotic Listening Study" (2011). Honors Theses. 975.