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Listening to music, as per clinical neuro science, involves many cognitive components with distinct brain substrates and its study has advanced greatly in the last three decades. But the studies of Indian music and its influence in the brain have not yet been studied. This article presents sequence of image processing steps using statistical parametric mapping for the analysis of fMRI brain structures for studying the influence of two Indian ragas namely Sankarabnam and Madhyamavathi on a non-musician brain. The results shows that ragas have a very good influence on non-musician and also shows that raga named Madhyamavathi has influenced the subject more than Sankarabranam.
Date of Conference: 1-8 June 2008