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Brain changes after learning to read and play music

Stewart, L; Henson, R; Kampe, K; Walsh, V; Turner, R; Frith, U; (2003) Brain changes after learning to read and play music. NEUROIMAGE , 20 (1) 71 - 83. 10.1016/S1053-8119(03)00248-9.

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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). (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Brain changes after learning to read and play music
DOI: 10.1016/S1053-8119(03)00248-9
Keywords: LEFT PARIETAL CORTEX, MOTOR ATTENTION, NEURAL MECHANISMS, RHESUS-MONKEYS, FUNCTIONAL MRI, LESIONS, MIRROR, MOVEMENTS, FMRI, LOCALIZATION
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Neurology
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3810
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