Why would musical training benefit the neural encoding of speech? The OPERA hypothesis.Patel, Aniruddh D.
Mounting evidence suggests that musical training benefits the neural encoding of speech. This paper offers a hypothesis specifying why such benefits occur. The "OPERA" hypothesis proposes that such benefits are driven by adaptive plasticity in speech-processing networks, and that this plasticity occurs when five conditions are met. These are: (1) Overlap: there is anatomical overlap in the brain n... read more
- Speech--Study and teaching.
- Music and language.
- Tufts University. Department of Psychology.
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- Patel AD (2011) Why would musical training benefit the neural encoding of speech? The OPERA hypothesis. Front. Psychology 2:142. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00142.