AUDITORY AND VESTIBULAR SYSTEMSEnhancement of auditory cortical development by musical experience in childrenShahin, Antoine2; Roberts, Larry E.1; Trainor, Laurel J.1 CA Author Information Unit of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences 1Department of Psychology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1 Canada 2Present Address: The Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, 3560 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M6A 2E1 Canada CACorresponding Author: [email protected] Received 24 May 2004; accepted 19 June 2004 NeuroReport: August 26, 2004 - Volume 15 - Issue 12 - p 1917-1921 Buy Abstract Auditory evoked potentials (AEPs) express the development of mature synaptic connections in the upper neocortical laminae known to occur between 4 and 15 years of age. AEPs evoked by piano, violin, and pure tones were measured twice in a group of 4- to 5-year-old children enrolled in Suzuki music lessons and in non-musician controls. P1 was larger in the Suzuki pupils for all tones whereas P2 was enhanced specifically for the instrument of practice (piano or violin). AEPs observed for the instrument of practice were comparable to those of non-musician children about 3 years older in chronological age. The findings set into relief a general process by which the neocortical synaptic matrix is shaped by an accumulation of specific auditory experiences. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.