The New York Times just published an interesting article on a music processing study by MIT, originally published in the journal Neuron. The areas of the brain relating to hearing music in contrast with other sounds has been pinpointed! Woot woot!
A certain area in the brain’s auditory processing region fires only when the subject is listening to music, whether it’s bluegrass or screamo. MIT used a mathematical method of analysis to prove this. Interestingly enough the speech and music auditory areas do not have much overlap. The NYTimes article, found here, is a really good read! I hope to work this in to the neural processing of whistled languages part of my research, considering that this study states that speech and music are processed in different areas, which are mostly ‘deaf’ to each other’s sound cues.