Involuntary Motor Activity in Pianists Evoked by Music Perception

@article{Haueisen2001InvoluntaryMA,
  title={Involuntary Motor Activity in Pianists Evoked by Music Perception},
  author={Jens Haueisen and Thomas R. Knsche},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2001},
  volume={13},
  pages={786-792}
}
Pianists often report that pure listening to a well-trained piece of music can involuntarily trigger the respective finger movements. We designed a magnetoencephalography (MEG) experiment to compare the motor activation in pianists and nonpianists while listening to piano pieces. For pianists, we found a statistically significant increase of activity above the region of the contralateral motor cortex. Brain surface current density (BSCD) reconstructions revealed a spatial dissociation of this… CONTINUE READING
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