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Shared networks for auditory and motor processing in professional pianists: Evidence from fMRI conjunction
A conjunction analysis revealed a distinct musicianship-specific network being co-activated during either task type, indicating areas involved in auditory-sensorimotor integration in professional musicians. Expand
The musician's brain as a model of neuroplasticity
Here, this work focuses on the functional and anatomical differences that have been detected in musicians by modern neuroimaging methods. Expand
Mapping perception to action in piano practice: a longitudinal DC-EEG study
It is concluded that musical training triggers instant plasticity in the cortex, and that right-hemispheric anterior areas provide an audio-motor interface for the mental representation of the keyboard. Expand
Cross‐modal plasticity of the motor cortex while listening to a rehearsed musical piece
Trans transcranial magnetic stimulation of the cortical motor representation involved in musical performance was used to test excitability changes in piano players during auditory presentation of a rehearsed and a non‐rehearsed piece and showed an increased motor excitability for the rehearsed but not for the non-reheARSed piece. Expand
Transmodal Sensorimotor Networks during Action Observation in Professional Pianists
Pianists showed stronger activations within a fronto-parieto-temporal network while observing piano playing compared to controls and contrasted to perception of serial fingerthumb opposition movements, which indicates specialization of multimodal auditory sensorimotor systems within aFronto-Parieta-tem temporal network by professional musical training. Expand
Emotions over time: synchronicity and development of subjective, physiological, and facial affective reactions to music.
Measurement of skin conductance, facial muscle activity, and self-monitoring were synchronized with musical stimuli and threw a new light on the astonishing complexity of affective music listening. Expand
Hits to the left, flops to the right: different emotions during listening to music are reflected in cortical lateralisation patterns
In order to investigate the neurobiological mechanisms accompanying emotional valence judgements during listening to complex auditory stimuli, cortical direct current (dc)-electroencephalographyExpand
Detecting wrong notes in advance: neuronal correlates of error monitoring in pianists.
It is found that around 70 ms prior to errors a negative component is elicited in the event-related potentials and is generated by the anterior cingulate cortex, Interestingly, this component was independent of the auditory feedback. Expand
Alteration of digital representations in somatosensory cortex in focal hand dystonia
FOCAL hand dystonia involves a loss of motor control of one or more digits; it is associated with the repetitive, synchronous movements of the digits made by musicians over periods of many years.Expand
Mutations in THAP1 (DYT6) and generalised dystonia with prominent spasmodic dysphonia: a genetic screening study
Although mutations in THAP1 might have only a minor role in patients with different, but mainly focal, forms of dystonia, they do seem to be associated with early-onset generalised dySTONia with spasmodic dysphonia. Expand