Musical imagery: sound of silence activates auditory cortex.

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, USA.
Nature (Impact Factor: 38.6). 04/2005; 434(7030):158. DOI:10.1038/434158a
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ABSTRACT Auditory imagery occurs when one mentally rehearses telephone numbers or has a song 'on the brain'--it is the subjective experience of hearing in the absence of auditory stimulation, and is useful for investigating aspects of human cognition. Here we use functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify and characterize the neural substrates that support unprompted auditory imagery and find that auditory and visual imagery seem to obey similar basic neural principles.

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