Scientific Understanding of Consciousness
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Music Processing Modular Model

(Nature Neuroscience, Peretz & Coltheart, “Modularity of Music Processing,” July 2003)

A modular model of music processing. Each box represents a processing component, and arrows represent pathways of information flow or communication between processing components. A neurological anomaly may either damage a processing component (box) or interfere with the flow of information between two boxes. All components whose domains appear to be specific to music are in green; others are in blue. There are three neurally individuated components in italics—rhythm analysis, meter analysis and emotion expression analysis—whose specificity to music is currently unknown. They are represented here in blue, but future work may provide evidence for representing them in green.

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