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Publication Detail
Brain changes after learning to read and play music
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Stewart L, Henson R, Kampe K, Walsh V, Turner R, Frith U
  • Publication date:
    09/2003
  • Pagination:
    71, 83
  • Journal:
    NeuroImage
  • Volume:
    20
  • Issue:
    1
  • Print ISSN:
    1053-8119
  • Notes:
    Imported via OAI, 15:41:43 19th Jul 2007
Abstract
Musically naive participants were scanned before and after a period of 15 weeks during which they were taught to read music and play the keyboard. When participants played melodies from musical notation after training, activation was seen in a cluster of voxels within the bilateral superior parietal cortex. A subset of these voxels were activated in a second experiment in which musical notation was present, but irrelevant for task performance. These activations suggest that music reading involves the automatic sensorimotor translation of a spatial code (written music) into a series of motor responses (keypresses).
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