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Can a musician’s superior maths ability be explained by superior timing ability?

Title of paper under discussion Musicians outperform nonmusicians in magnitude estimation: evidence of a common processing mechanism for time, space and numbers Authors Christian Agrillo and Laura Piffer Journal The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 65, issue 12, pp 2321-2332 Link to paper (free access) Overview Could it be that the human brain uses the same …

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Conductors’ brains ‘flash positive’ on hearing a deviant noise in their periphery

Title of paper under discussion The fate of sounds in conductors’ brains: an ERP study Authors Wido Nager, Christine Kohlmetz, Eckart Altenmüller, Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells and Thomas F. Münte Journal Cognitive Brain Research, 17 (2003) pp 83–93 Link to paper (free access) Overview Based in Hannover, Germany, this research team set out to test the hypothesis …

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Did Mozart die in a young men’s ‘strep throat’ epidemic?

Title of paper under discussion The Death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: An Epidemiologic Perspective Authors Richard H.C. Zegers, Andreas Weigl and Andrew Steptoe Journal Annals of Internal Medicine – 2009; 151 (4): 274-278 Link to paper (free access) Overview The cause of 35-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s death in the winter of 1791 has ever since puzzled …

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Music is processed in ‘visual areas’ of a blind musician’s brain

Title of paper under discussion Cortical plasticity in an early blind musician: an fMRl study Authors David A. Ross, Ingrid R. Olson, John C. Gore Journal Magnetic Resonance Imaging, vol 21 (2003) pp 821–828 Link to paper (free access) Overview Blindness is often reckoned to be associated with a high level of musical competence, “perhaps …

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Musicians’ brains use ‘sight-reading area’ to excel at 3D mental rotation

Title of paper under discussion Broca’s Area Supports Enhanced Visuospatial Cognition in Orchestral Musicians Authors Vanessa Sluming, Jonathan Brooks, Matthew Howard, John Joseph Downes and Neil Roberts Journal Journal of Neuroscience 4 April 2007,  27 (14) 3799-3806 Link to paper (free access) Overview In solving freshly presented 3D mental rotation puzzles, members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) consistently demonstrated levels of skill …

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Women are quicker than men at recognising tunes

Title of paper under discussion Sex Differences in Music: A Female Advantage at Recognizing Familiar Melodies Authors Scott A. Miles, Robbin A. Miranda, and Michael T. Ullman Journal Frontiers in psychology vol. 7, 278; 1 March 2016 Link to paper (free access) Overview Working in the Brain and Language Laboratory of Georgetown University, Washington DC, Scott …

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Musicians’ brains look younger

Title of paper under discussion Keeping brains young with making music Authors Lars Rogenmoser, Julius Kernbach, Gottfried Schlaug and Christian Gaser Journal Brain Structure and Function (2018) 223:297–305 Link to paper (free access) Overview Already known for its effect on brain development and its potential to help brain rehabilitation, might music-making have a further benefit: …

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Chocolate, cocaine and Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto excite common brain circuitry

Title of paper under discussion Intensely pleasurable responses to music correlate with activity in brain regions implicated in reward and emotion Authors Anne J. Blood and Robert J. Zatorre Journal PNAS, 25 September 2001, vol 98 no 20, pp 11818-11823 Link to paper (free access) Overview Using a scanning technique called positron emission tomography (PET) to detect changes …

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Did an auditory illusion lead Schnabel to rush subdivided passages in Beethoven?

Title of paper under discussion A filled duration illusion in music: Effects of metrical subdivision on the perception and production of beat tempo. Authors Bruno H Repp and Meijin Bruttomesso  Journal Advances in cognitive psychology vol. 5 114-34, 13 January 2010 Link to paper (free access) Overview Scientists have long recognised that a “filled” time interval …

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Musicians’ brains have an enlarged speech area – and it keeps growing with experience

Title of paper under discussion Increased Gray Matter Volume of Left Pars Opercularis in Male Orchestral Musicians Correlate Positively With Years of Musical Performance Authors Ihssan A. Abdul-Kareem, Andrej Stancak, Laura M. Parkes and Vanessa Sluming Journal JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING 33:24–32 (2011) Link to paper (free access) Overview Broca’s area, a region in the left …

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