Brain activity differences in verbal vs tonal memory

Takeaway

  • The invoking of verbal and tonal short-term memory leads to neural network activity that is differentially expressed in the cortex, primarily in the frontal-temporal regions.

Why this matters

  • The neuroanatomical correlates of tonal memory, or the ability to recall pitch, is poorly understood, and while tonal and verbal memory seem to recruit similar regions of the brain, it is unknown whether differences in processing occur.