Music is understood and enjoyed in all cultures. The experience of music in deaf individuals, without acoustic information, shows that this is a human capacity that is shared across the senses. It is not clear whether neural reorganisation allows deaf individuals to use auditory brain regions to perceive music through touch and vision, or whether the brain has modality-independent mechanisms for musical processing. The technology needed to understand these multimodal aspects of music is not available. This project will develop new technologies that can deliver salient components of music through other senses, and use neuroimaging to understand modality-independent musical processing.
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