Amusia congénita y sus efectos en habilidades no musicales

Translated title of the contribution: Congenital amusia and its effects on non-musical skills

L. O. Tierradentro-García, C. Talero-Gutiérrez

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INTRODUCTION: Congenital amusia is a specific condition in which the individual is unable to recognise tonal variations in a piece of musical. This cannot be explained by a previous brain injury, hearing loss, cognitive deficit, socio-affective disorder or lack of environmental stimulation. The current estimated prevalence is 1.5% of the world population, with a significant genetic component among those who suffer from it. It has been claimed that certain cognitive abilities in the emotional, spatial and language fields may be affected in people with amusia. AIM: To review the literature describing the effects on non-musical skills that may coexist in individuals with congenital amusia. DEVELOPMENT: Several neuroimaging studies have observed morphological and functional changes in the temporal lobe, as well as in the white matter connections between the superior temporal gyrus and the inferior frontal gyrus. From these affected regions, there may be a deficit in cognitive skills related to adjacent areas. CONCLUSIONS: Congenital amusia has been associated with poor performance in different non-musical cognitive skills, such as visuospatial processing, language processing, reading difficulties, face recognition and emotional aspects.

Translated title of the contributionCongenital amusia and its effects on non-musical skills
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)74-80
Number of pages6
JournalRevista de Neurologia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 16 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology


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