Jazz study shows link between music and language

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 6:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations — one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain's language regions enable that musical back-and-forth much like a spoken conversation.

It gives new meaning to the idea of music as a universal language.

The finding, published Wednesday in a scientific journal, is the latest in the growing field of musical neuroscience: Researchers are using how we play and hear music to illuminate different ways that the brain works.

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