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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911020/changes-in-resting-state-connectivity-in-musicians-with-embouchure-dystonia
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Bernhard Haslinger, Jonas Noé, Eckart Altenmüller, Valentin Riedl, Claus Zimmer, Tobias Mantel, Christian Dresel
OBJECTIVE: Embouchure dystonia is a highly disabling task-specific dystonia in professional brass musicians leading to spasms of perioral muscles while playing the instrument. As they are asymptomatic at rest, resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging in these patients can reveal changes in functional connectivity within and between brain networks independent from dystonic symptoms. METHODS: We therefore compared embouchure dystonia patients to healthy musicians with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging in combination with independent component analyses...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899889/anodal-tdcs-to-right-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-facilitates-performance-for-novice-jazz-improvisers-but-hinders-experts
#2
David S Rosen, Brian Erickson, Youngmoo E Kim, Daniel Mirman, Roy H Hamilton, John Kounios
Research on creative cognition reveals a fundamental disagreement about the nature of creative thought, specifically, whether it is primarily based on automatic, associative (Type-1) or executive, controlled (Type-2) processes. We hypothesized that Type-1 and Type-2 processes make differential contributions to creative production that depend on domain expertise. We tested this hypothesis with jazz pianists whose expertise was indexed by the number of public performances given. Previous fMRI studies of musical improvisation have reported that domain expertise is characterized by deactivation of the right-dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (r-DLPFC), a brain area associated with Type-2 executive processing...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886250/shared-somatosensory-and-motor-functions-in-musicians
#3
Moe Hosoda, Shinichi Furuya
Skilled individuals are characterized by fine-tuned perceptual and motor functions. Here, we tested the idea that the sensory and motor functions of highly-trained individuals are coupled. We assessed the relationships among multifaceted somatosensory and motor functions of expert pianists. The results demonstrated a positive covariation between the acuity of weight discrimination and the precision of force control during piano keystrokes among the pianists but not among the non-musicians. However, neither the age of starting musical training nor the total amount of life-long piano practice was correlated with these sensory-motor functions in the pianists...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867350/berlyne-revisited-evidence-for-the-multifaceted-nature-of-hedonic-tone-in-the-appreciation-of-paintings-and-music
#4
Manuela M Marin, Allegra Lampatz, Michaela Wandl, Helmut Leder
In his seminal book on esthetics, Berlyne (1971) posited an inverted-U relationship between complexity and hedonic tone in arts appreciation, however, converging evidence for his theory is still missing. The disregard of the multidimensionality of complexity may explain some of the divergent results. Here, we argue that definitions of hedonic tone are manifold and systematically examined whether the nature of the relationship between complexity and hedonic tone is determined by the specific measure of hedonic tone...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861015/musicians-swap-notes-with-stroke-service-to-relieve-patients-symptoms
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A project that uses music to boost stroke patients' recovery is looking to raise £315,000 to expand its reach.
November 2, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855424/arts-brain-and-cognition
#6
Vida Demarin, Marina Roje Bedeković, Marijana Bosnar Puretić, Marija Bošnjak Pašić
Art is a product of human creativity; it is a superior skill that can be learned by study, practice and observation. Modern neuroscience and neuroimaging enable study of the processes during artistic performance. Creative people have less marked hemispheric dominance. It was found that the right hemisphere is specialized for metaphoric thinking, playfulness, solution finding and synthesizing, it is the center of visualization, imagination and conceptualization, but the left hemisphere is still needed for artistic work to achieve balance...
December 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853057/noise-induced-hearing-loss-among-professional-musicians
#7
Pouryaghoub Gholamreza, Ramin Mehrdad, Saeed Pourhosein
OBJECTIVES: After presbycusis, noise exposure is considered the second cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Due to exposure to high-intensity sounds, musicians may be at risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Given the importance of good hearing in music career, this study aimed to investigate the frequency of hearing loss and use of protective measures among Iranian musicians. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 125 musicians, including 21 women (16.8%) and 104 men (83...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835831/spatial-distribution-of-surface-emg-on-trapezius-and-lumbar-muscles-of-violin-and-cello-players-in-single-note-playing
#8
Babak Afsharipour, Francesco Petracca, Mauro Gasparini, Roberto Merletti
Musicians activate their muscles in different patterns, depending on their posture, the instrument being played, and their experience level. Bipolar surface electrodes have been used in the past to monitor such activity, but this method is highly sensitive to the location of the electrode pair. In this work, the spatial distribution of surface EMG (sEMG) of the right trapezius and right and left erector spinae muscles were studied in 16 violin players and 11 cello players. Musicians played their instrument one string at a time in sitting position with/without backrest support...
December 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835631/behavioral-quantification-of-audiomotor-transformations-in-improvising-and-score-dependent-musicians
#9
Robert Harris, Peter van Kranenburg, Bauke M de Jong
The historically developed practice of learning to play a music instrument from notes instead of by imitation or improvisation makes it possible to contrast two types of skilled musicians characterized not only by dissimilar performance practices, but also disparate methods of audiomotor learning. In a recent fMRI study comparing these two groups of musicians while they either imagined playing along with a recording or covertly assessed the quality of the performance, we observed activation of a right-hemisphere network of posterior superior parietal and dorsal premotor cortices in improvising musicians, indicating more efficient audiomotor transformation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834227/allergic-contact-dermatitis-from-acrylic-nails-in-a-flamenco-guitarist
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F A Alcántara-Nicolás, M A Pastor-Nieto, C Sánchez-Herreros, R Pérez-Mesonero, V Melgar-Molero, A Ballano, E De-Eusebio
Acrylates are molecules that are well known for their strong sensitizing properties. Historically, many beauticians and individuals using store-bought artificial nail products have developed allergic contact dermatitis from acrylates. More recently, the use of acrylic nails among flamenco guitarists to strengthen their nails has become very popular. A 40-year-old non-atopic male patient working as a flamenco guitarist developed dystrophy, onycholysis and paronychia involving the first four nails of his right hand...
November 7, 2016: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833580/a-motion-capture-study-to-measure-the-feeling-of-synchrony-in-romantic-couples-and-in-professional-musicians
#11
Delphine Preissmann, Caecilia Charbonnier, Sylvain Chagué, Jean-Philippe Antonietti, Joan Llobera, Francois Ansermet, Pierre J Magistretti
The feeling of synchrony is fundamental for most social activities and prosocial behaviors. However, little is known about the behavioral correlates of this feeling and its modulation by intergroup differences. We previously showed that the subjective feeling of synchrony in subjects involved in a mirror imitation task was modulated by objective behavioral measures, as well as contextual factors such as task difficulty and duration of the task performance. In the present study, we extended our methodology to investigate possible interindividual differences...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826221/musicians-are-better-than-non-musicians-in-frequency-change-detection-behavioral-and-electrophysiological-evidence
#12
Chun Liang, Brian Earl, Ivy Thompson, Kayla Whitaker, Steven Cahn, Jing Xiang, Qian-Jie Fu, Fawen Zhang
Objective: The objectives of this study were: (1) to determine if musicians have a better ability to detect frequency changes under quiet and noisy conditions; (2) to use the acoustic change complex (ACC), a type of electroencephalographic (EEG) response, to understand the neural substrates of musician vs. non-musician difference in frequency change detection abilities. Methods: Twenty-four young normal hearing listeners (12 musicians and 12 non-musicians) participated. All participants underwent psychoacoustic frequency detection tests with three types of stimuli: tones (base frequency at 160 Hz) containing frequency changes (Stim 1), tones containing frequency changes masked by low-level noise (Stim 2), and tones containing frequency changes masked by high-level noise (Stim 3)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814379/the-difference-between-aesthetic-appreciation-of-artistic-and-popular-music-evidence-from-an-fmri-study
#13
Ping Huang, Hanhua Huang, Qiuling Luo, Lei Mo
To test the hypothesis that pleasure from artistic music is intellectual while that from popular music is physiological, this study investigated the different functional mechanisms between aesthetic appreciation of artistic and popular music using fMRI. 18 male non-musicians were scanned while they performed an aesthetic rating task for excerpts of artistic music, popular music and musical notes playing and singing (control). The rating scores of artistic and popular music excerpts were both significantly higher than that of control materials while the scores of them were not different...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803971/temporal-and-spectral-audiotactile-interactions-in-musicians
#14
Simon P Landry, Andréanne Sharp, Sara Pagé, François Champoux
Previous investigations have revealed that the complex sensory exposure of musical training alters audiovisual interactions. As of yet, there has been little evidence on the effects of musical training on audiotactile interactions at a behavioural level. Here, we tested audiotactile interaction in musicians using the audiotactile illusory flash and the parchment-skin illusion. Significant differences were only found between musicians and non-musicians for the audiotactile illusory flash. Both groups had similar task-relevant unisensory abilities, but unlike non-musicians, the number of auditory stimulations did not have a statistically important influence on the number of perceived tactile stimulations for musicians...
November 1, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799893/the-band-effect-physically-strenuous-music-making-increases-esthetic-appreciation-of-music
#15
Thomas H Fritz, Lydia Schneider, Arno Villringer
The esthetic appreciation of music is strongly influenced by cultural background and personal taste. One would expect that this would complicate the utilizability of musical feedback in paradigms, such that music would only be perceived as a reward if it complies to personal esthetic appreciation. Here we report data where we assessed esthetic appreciation of music after 1. a physically strenuous music improvisation and 2. after passive music listening (where participants esthetically assessed similar music)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790084/music-proficiency-and-quantification-of-absolute-pitch-a-large-scale-study-among-brazilian-musicians
#16
Raphael B C Leite, Sergio A Mota-Rolim, Claudio M T Queiroz
Absolute pitch (AP) is the ability to identify and name the pitch of a sound without external reference. Often, accuracy and speed at naming isolated musical pitches are correlated with demographic, biological, and acoustical parameters to gain insight into the genesis and evolution of this ability in specific cohorts. However, the majority of those studies were conducted in North America, Europe, or Asia. To fill this gap, here we investigated the pitch-naming performance in a large population of Brazilian conservatory musicians (N = 200)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787538/injection-pharyngoplasty-with-autologous-fat-as-treatment-for-stress-velopharyngeal-insufficiency-in-brass-and-woodwind-musicians
#17
Mausumi N Syamal, Paul C Bryson
Importance: Stress velopharyngeal insufficiency (SVPI) is an uncommon but often career-threatening condition affecting professional brass and woodwind musicians. Objectives: To review the evaluation of and treatment for SVPI in professional musicians with lipoinjection to the posterior pharyngeal wall. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective medical record and literature review. Two professional musicians with SVPI treated with autologous lipoinjection to the posterior pharyngeal wall were included...
October 27, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774079/music-ensemble-as-a-resilient-system-managing-the-unexpected-through-group-interaction
#18
Donald Glowinski, Fabrizio Bracco, Carlo Chiorri, Didier Grandjean
The present contribution provides readers from diverse fields of psychology with a new and comprehensive model for the understanding of the characteristics of music ensembles. The model is based on a novel heuristic approach whose key construct is resilience, intended here as the ability of a system to adapt to external perturbations and anticipate future events. The paper clarifies the specificity of music ensemble as an original social and creative activity, and how some mechanisms, at an individual (cognitive) and group (coordination) level, are enacted in a particular way that endows these groups with exceptional capacity for resilience...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770623/musicians-edge-a-comparison-of-auditory-processing-cognitive-abilities-and-statistical-learning
#19
Pragati Rao Mandikal Vasuki, Mridula Sharma, Katherine Demuth, Joanne Arciuli
It has been hypothesized that musical expertise is associated with enhanced auditory processing and cognitive abilities. Recent research has examined the relationship between musicians' advantage and implicit statistical learning skills. In the present study, we assessed a variety of auditory processing skills, cognitive processing skills, and statistical learning (auditory and visual forms) in age-matched musicians (N = 17) and non-musicians (N = 18). Musicians had significantly better performance than non-musicians on frequency discrimination, and backward digit span...
December 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760198/absolute-memory-for-tempo-in-musicians-and-non-musicians
#20
Irene Gratton, Maria A Brandimonte, Nicola Bruno
The ability to remember tempo (the perceived frequency of musical pulse) without external references may be defined, by analogy with the notion of absolute pitch, as absolute tempo (AT). Anecdotal reports and sparse empirical evidence suggest that at least some individuals possess AT. However, to our knowledge, no systematic assessments of AT have been performed using laboratory tasks comparable to those assessing absolute pitch. In the present study, we operationalize AT as the ability to identify and reproduce tempo in the absence of rhythmic or melodic frames of reference and assess these abilities in musically trained and untrained participants...
2016: PloS One
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