Generation of novel motor sequences: The neural correlates of musical improvisation

@article{Berkowitz2008GenerationON,
  title={Generation of novel motor sequences: The neural correlates of musical improvisation},
  author={Aaron L. Berkowitz and Daniel Ansari},
  journal={NeuroImage},
  year={2008},
  volume={41 2},
  pages={535-43}
}
While some motor behavior is instinctive and stereotyped or learned and re-executed, much action is a spontaneous response to a novel set of environmental conditions. The neural correlates of both pre-learned and cued motor sequences have been previously studied, but novel motor behavior has thus far not been examined through brain imaging. In this paper, we report a study of musical improvisation in trained pianists with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), using improvisation as a… CONTINUE READING
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