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Brain changes after learning to read and play music

Stewart, Lauren; Frith, Uta; Henson, Rik and Walsh, Vincent. 2003. Brain changes after learning to read and play music. NeuroImage, 20(1), pp. 71-83. ISSN 10538119 [Article]

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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).

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/S1053-8119(03)00248-9

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
September 2003Published

Item ID:

464

Date Deposited:

10 Dec 2008 10:36

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 12:56

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/464

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