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Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development

Bengtsson, SL; Nagy, Z; Skare, S; Forsman, L; Forssberg, H; Ullen, F; (2005) Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development. NAT NEUROSCI , 8 (9) 1148 - 1150. 10.1038/nn1516.

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Abstract

Using diffusion tensor imaging, we investigated effects of piano practicing in childhood, adolescence and adulthood on white matter, and found positive correlations between practicing and fiber tract organization in different regions for each age period. For childhood, practicing correlations were extensive and included the pyramidal tract, which was more structured in pianists than in non-musicians. Long-term training within critical developmental periods may thus induce regionally specific plasticity in myelinating tracts.

Type: Article
Title: Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development
DOI: 10.1038/nn1516
Keywords: CORPUS-CALLOSUM, BRAIN, ADOLESCENTS, MATURATION, CHILDHOOD, CHILDREN, MRI
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/143654
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