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Professional musicians display more focussed brain activation than amateurs during performance (real or imaginary)

Title of paper under discussion The musician’s brain: functional imaging of amateurs and professionals during performance and imagery Authors M. Lotze, G. Scheler, H.-R.M. Tan, C. Braun and N. Birbaumera Journal NeuroImage, Volume 20, Issue 3, November 2003, Pages 1817-1829 Link to original paper (open access) Overview In order to investigate the differences that a musical training …

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Musicians good at listening to one person speak whilst hearing two

Title of paper under discussion Musician advantage for speech-on-speech perception Authors Deniz Başkent and Etienne Gaudrain Journal The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139, EL51 (2016) Link to original paper (open access) Overview Are musicians better than non-musicians at being able to listen to one human talking whilst hearing two? It is a skill that may …

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Improvisers have stronger connections between parts of their brains

Title of paper under discussion Connecting to Create: Expertise in Musical Improvisation Is Associated with Increased Functional Connectivity between Premotor and Prefrontal Areas Authors Ana Luísa Pinho, Örjan de Manzano, Peter Fransson, Helene Eriksson and Fredrik Ullén Journal Journal of Neuroscience, 30 April 2014,  34 (18) 6156-6163 Link to original paper (open access) Overview This Swedish project set out to discover the effects of …

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Music lessons help language abilities in eight-year-olds

Title of paper under discussion Musical Training Influences Linguistic Abilities in 8-Year-Old Children: More Evidence for Brain Plasticity Authors Sylvain Moreno,  Carlos Marques,  Andreia Santos,  Manuela Santos,  São Luís Castro, Mireille Besson Journal Cerebral Cortex, Volume 19, Issue 3, March 2009, Pages 712–723 Link to original paper (open access) Overview The idea that passively listening to music can improve your …

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Musical pitches genuinely evoke colour sensations in some people

Title of paper under discussion Automaticity of pitch class-color synesthesia as revealed by a Stroop-like effect Authors Kosuke Itoh, Honami Sakata, Hironaka Igarashi, Tsutomu Nakada Journal Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 71, May 2019, Pages 86-91 Link to original paper (open access) Overview Synaesthesia is a merging of senses that aren’t normally connected, whereby the stimulation …

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One half of a musician’s brain inhibits the other to finesse evenness in timing

Title of paper under discussion Relationship between Interhemispheric Inhibition and Dexterous Hand Performance in Musicians and Non-musicians Authors Yi-Ling Kuo, Jason J. Kutch & Beth E. Fisher  Journal Nature, Scientific Reports, volume 9, Article number: 11574 (2019)  Link to original paper (open access) Overview The ability of the brain’s two hemispheres to ‘talk to one another’ is down to hundreds of millions interhemispheric …

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Adrenalin opens up the brave and closes down the shy

Title of paper under discussion Interaction between physiological and subjective states predicts the effect of a judging panel on the postures of cellists in performance Authors Satoshi Endo, Kristina Juhlberg, Adrian Bradbury and Alan M. Wing Journal Frontiers in psychology vol. 5 773. (2014) Link to original paper (open access) Overview 24 cellists each played a …

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What makes an earworm sticky?

Title of paper under discussion Dissecting an Earworm: Melodic Features and Song Popularity Predict Involuntary Musical Imagery Authors Kelly Jakubowski, Lauren Stewart, Sebastian Finkel, Daniel Müllensiefen Journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 2017, Vol. 11, No. 2, 122–135 Link to original paper (open access) Overview Earworms – melodies that enter your head involuntarily …

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Schumann’s dystonia

Title of paper under discussion Robert Schumann’s Focal Dystonia Author Eckart Altenmüller Journal Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists (eds: Bogousslavsky J, Boller F) Front Neurol Neurosci. Basel, Karger, 2005, vol 19, pp 179–188 Link to original paper (open access) Overview A compelling retrospective diagnosis of the finger problems that saw composer Robert Schumann (1810 – …

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