Music is a universal feature across all human societies, both ancient and modern. Although the adaptive function of music remains largely mysterious and much debated, research on how the brain processes music has started to influence more general questions in neuroscience. Six reviews in the July issue of Nature Neuroscience highlight this emerging research. The reviews discuss the evolution of music and its development in prelinguistic infants, the complex relationship between language and music processing, the tight coupling between sensory perception and action in music, and what can be learned from studying people with music-related deficits. One review discusses how perfect pitch (the unusual ability to identify the pitch of a sound without any reference point) offers an especially tractable opportunity to examine how specialized cognitive abilities are linked to brain function. The special section is now freely available on Nature Neuroscience’s website at Focus on Music.
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