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Date Published:Feb 13, 2017

PALAVRAS-CHAVES: <p> Perception of heights, Absolute Ear, Musical Proficiency, BAEP, FFR, Brain stem <p> PÁGINAS: 149 <p> GRANDE ÁREA: Ciências Biológicas <p> ÁREA: Fisiologia <p> RESUMO: <p> In humans, the processing of sound information allowed the appearance of language and music. The pitch - which allows the melody of a song and prosody in spoken discourse - is one of these attributes. Pitch perception is a universal skill, however, just a few individuals are able to identify or produce a tone at a particular pitch without an external tonal reference, an ability known as the Absolute Pitch (AP). However, the neural mechanisms responsible for such ability are not yet fully understood. The present work has the objective to contribute to the understanding of the neural processes involved in the perception of pitch in AP possessors. In the first study, we evaluated AP prevalence in a local population of musicians (School of Music, UFRN). For this, we used psychophysical tools and a questionnaire. This first work showed that AP is not an "all-or-nothing" process, but rather that it has different levels of performance: from people that perform below chance, until it increases gradually to 100% of correct answers. While traditional thresholds (~85%) showed a prevalence of AP similar to that observed in musicians in Europe and the United States, the application of a statistical threshold resulted in prevalence similar to that described in populations of music conservatories. In addition, we showed that AP possessors hit more the natural notes (those with the white-keys of the piano) than those that are accidental (flat or sharp, i.e. the black keys of the piano). We also observed that AP possessors present an earlier onset of musical training. Finally, we showed that AP was more prevalent in a high proficiency group in comparison to the average proficiency group. In a second study, we used the auditory brainstem evoked potentials (ABR) to quantify the activation of brainstem nuclei in the processing of heights of individuals with OA. In this work, we showed that sustained responses (but not the transient ones) present a higher energy in individuals with AP than in control musicians. We also found that the amplitude of this sustained response correlates with the reaction time in a pitch naming test. These results suggest that individuals with AP have an increased refinement in the processing of acoustic information in the early stages of auditory processing, which would thus contribute to a greater automation of pitch identification. We believe that this thesis will contribute to the understanding of the relationship between nervous system development and musical learning, thus contributing to the development of new music teaching techniques and training programs. <p> MEMBROS DA BANCA: <p> Presidente - 1728817 - CLAUDIO MARCOS TEIXEIRA DE QUEIROZ <p> Externo ao Programa - 2358823 - ELIENE SILVA ARAUJO <p> Interno - 1976236 - EMELIE KATARINA SVAHN LEAO <p> Externo à Instituição - PATRÍCIA MARIA VANZELLA - UFABC <p> Externo à Instituição - WILFREDO BLANCO FIGUEROLA - UERN

Source: Assessoria de Comunicação - Instituto do Cérebro

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