Auditory cortical volumes and musical ability in Williams syndrome

Martens, MA, Reutens, DC and Wilson, SJ (2010) Auditory cortical volumes and musical ability in Williams syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 48 9: 2602-2609. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.05.007

Author Martens, MA
Reutens, DC
Wilson, SJ
Title Auditory cortical volumes and musical ability in Williams syndrome
Journal name Neuropsychologia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-3932
Publication date 2010-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.05.007
Volume 48
Issue 9
Start page 2602
End page 2609
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) have been shown to have atypical morphology in the auditory cortex, an area associated with aspects of musicality. Some individuals with WS have demonstrated specific musical abilities, despite intellectual delays. Primary auditory cortex and planum temporale volumes were manually segmented in 25 individuals with WS and 25 control participants, and the participants also underwent testing of musical abilities. Left and right planum temporale volumes were significantly larger in the participants with WS than in controls, with no significant difference noted between groups in planum temporale asymmetry or primary auditory cortical volumes. Left planum temporale volume was significantly increased in a subgroup of the participants with WS who demonstrated specific musical strengths, as compared to the remaining WS participants, and was highly correlated with scores on a musical task. These findings suggest that differences in musical ability within WS may be in part associated with variability in the left auditory cortical region, providing further evidence of cognitive and neuroanatomical heterogeneity within this syndrome. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Williams syndrome
Primary auditory cortex
Planum temporale
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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