Is there a neurological basis for musical expertise?

Learning to play the guitar. Music education and extracurricular lessons. Guitarist

Is there a neurological basis for musical expertise? Scientists have long speculated about the biological basis for musical expertise. Literature on neuroscience has researched expert behaviour in many fields, including music and the acquisition of musical skills. The essential questions remain— does musical activity increase the activation in a given area or does it decrease,…

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Mental Representations in Expert Musicians

Expert musicians and deliberate practice

Mental Representations in Expert Musicians Following on from my previous post, it has been found that expert musicians have well-developed mental representations. Mental representations allow experts to see patterns from a large amount of data and are able to sort through this information to arrive at a solution for a problem.

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Joint music making promotes prosocial behavior in 4-year-old children

What motivates teachers?

Joint music making promotes prosocial behavior in 4-year-old children   Kirschner & Tomasello, (2010) found in a study of 4 year-old children, those who were engaged in music-making activities were more likely spontaneously help another child after a sudden accident such as spilling some pieces of a game or puzzle. In addition, the students who…

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Musical ability and greater verbal working memory storage

Hansen (2012) has found in a study of expert, amateur and non-musicians, that expert musicians have an enhanced verbal working memory. Verbal working memory is a short term memory cognitive memory functions which allows us to temporarily store information, and ultimately supports the memory storage process. Musicians have been found to have enhanced verbal long…

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Learning while we sleep

Memory for newly learned music skills are enhanced during post-training sleep. Allen, S.E. (2013) Memory stabilisation and enhancement following music practice. Psychology of Music, 41(6). Participants in this study either completed a single task (Melody A) or two tasks (Melody A and Melody B) during the 1 practice session. The participant group which learnt only…

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