Musical Expertise and Second Language Learning

Julie Chobert, Mireille Besson
2013 Brain Sciences  
Increasing evidence suggests that musical expertise influences brain organization and brain functions. Moreover, results at the behavioral and neurophysiological levels reveal that musical expertise positively influences several aspects of speech processing, from auditory perception to speech production. In this review, we focus on the main results of the literature that led to the idea that musical expertise may benefit second language acquisition. We discuss several interpretations that may
more » ... count for the influence of musical expertise on speech processing in native and foreign languages, and we propose new directions for future research.
doi:10.3390/brainsci3020923 pmid:24961431 pmcid:PMC4061852 fatcat:4tibejlafrarlp3zzthh37ehze