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Reading music and words: The anatomical connectivity of musicians' visual cortex.

阅读音乐和单词: 音乐家视觉皮层的解剖连接。

  • 影响因子:6.13
  • DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116666
  • 作者列表:"Bouhali F","Mongelli V","Thiebaut de Schotten M","Cohen L
  • 发表时间:2020-02-19
Abstract

:Musical score reading and word reading have much in common, from their historical origins to their cognitive foundations and neural correlates. In the ventral occipitotemporal cortex (VOT), the specialization of the so-called Visual Word Form Area for word reading has been linked to its privileged structural connectivity to distant language regions. Here we investigated how anatomical connectivity relates to the segregation of regions specialized for musical notation or words in the VOT. In a cohort of professional musicians and non-musicians, we used probabilistic tractography combined with task-related functional MRI to identify the connections of individually defined word- and music-selective left VOT regions. Despite their close proximity, these regions differed significantly in their structural connectivity, irrespective of musical expertise. The music-selective region was significantly more connected to posterior lateral temporal regions than the word-selective region, which, conversely, was significantly more connected to anterior ventral temporal cortex. Furthermore, musical expertise had a double impact on the connectivity of the music region. First, music tracts were significantly larger in musicians than in non-musicians, associated with marginally higher connectivity to perisylvian music-related areas. Second, the spatial similarity between music and word tracts was significantly increased in musicians, consistently with the increased overlap of language and music functional activations in musicians, as compared to non-musicians. These results support the view that, for music as for words, very specific anatomical connections influence the specialization of distinct VOT areas, and that reciprocally those connections are selectively enhanced by the expertise for word or music reading.

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: 乐谱阅读和单词阅读有很多共同点,从它们的历史起源到它们的认知基础和神经相关性。在腹侧枕颞皮层 (VOT),所谓的单词阅读视觉词形区的特化与其与遥远语言区域的特权结构连接有关。在这里,我们研究了解剖连接如何与专门用于乐谱的区域或 VOT 中的单词的分离相关。在专业音乐家和非音乐家的队列中,我们使用概率纤维束成像结合任务相关功能 MRI 来识别单独定义的单词和音乐选择性左 VOT 区域的连接。尽管这些区域非常接近,但无论音乐专业知识如何,它们的结构连通性都有很大差异。音乐选择性区域与后外侧颞区的连接明显多于词选择性区域,反之,与前腹侧颞皮层的连接明显更多。此外,音乐专业知识对音乐区域的连通性有双重影响。首先,音乐家的音乐束明显大于非音乐家,与 perisylyvian 音乐相关区域的连通性稍高相关。第二,与非音乐家相比,音乐家的音乐和词域之间的空间相似性显著增加,音乐家的语言和音乐功能激活的重叠增加。这些结果支持这样的观点,即对于音乐和单词,非常具体的解剖连接影响不同 VOT 区域的专业化, 相互作用的是,这些联系有选择地通过单词或音乐阅读的专业知识得到加强。

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