Encoding of Motor Skill in the Corticomuscular System of Musicians

Authors:  Reinhard Gentner,Susanne Gorges,David Weise,Kristin aufm Kampe,Mathias Buttmann,Joseph Classen
Publication:  Current Biology
Publication volume & date:  14 October 2010
DOI:  10.1016/j.cub.2010.09.045
Link:  http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(10)01163-2
Abridged Summary: …Although musical motor skills are associated with a variety of adaptations…it remains unclear how these changes are linked to the known superior motor performance of expert musicians. Here we establish a direct and specific relationship between the functional organization of the corticomuscular system and skilled musical performance…. Reconstruction quality of instrumental playing was superior in skilled musicians compared to musically untrained subjects, displayed taxonomic specificity for the trained movement repertoire, and correlated with the cumulated long-term training exposure, but not with the recent past training history…

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