Commentary on "Why Does Music Therapy Help in Autism?" by N. Khetrapal
Creators:Bhatara, Anjali K.
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Publisher:Empirical Musicology Review
Citation:Empirical Musicology Review, v4 n1 (January 2009), 27-31
Khetrapal reviews the literature on music and autism and stresses the need for a greater focus on the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying both autism and music perception. I build upon this review and discuss the strong connections between speech prosody and emotion in music. These connections imply that emotion recognition training in one domain can influence emotion recognition in the other. Understanding of emotional speech is frequently impaired in individuals with ASD, so music therapy should be explored further as a possible treatment.
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