Published April 23, 2024 | Version v1
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Neural encoding of musical expectations in a non- human primate

  • 1. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  • 1. ROR icon Nottingham Trent University
  • 2. ROR icon Italian Institute of Technology
  • 3. ROR icon Sapienza University of Rome
  • 4. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  • 5. University College London


Humans naturally anticipate rhythmic and pitch patterns in music. By modeling musical expectations and neural signals, Bianco et al. compare this ability across humans and rhesus monkeys. They reveal a conserved capacity to anticipate rhythmic but not pitch patterns. This finding sheds light on the phylogeny of music perception.



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