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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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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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Interrupted cadences trigger musicians’ right hemispheres within 200 milliseconds

Title of paper under discussion Early neuronal responses in right limbic structures mediate harmony incongruity processing in musical experts Authors Clara E. James, Juliane Britz, Patrik Vuilleumier, Claude-Alain Hauert, Christoph M. Michel Journal NeuroImage, Volume 42, Issue 4, 1 October 2008, Pages 1597-1608 Link to journal (open access) Overview Reckoning that interrupted cadences “should evoke a …

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Groovy music tickles pleasure and motor centres in the brain

Title of paper under discussion The sensation of groove engages motor and reward networks Authors Tomas E. Matthews, Maria A. G. Witek, Torben Lund, Peter Vuust, Virginia B. Penhune Journal NeuroImage, Volume 214, 1 July 2020, 116768 Link to original paper (open access) Overview Researchers in Aarhus, Denmark, set out to investigate the effects of musical …

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