Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development

Bengtsson, Sara L, Nagy, Zoltán, Skare, Stefan, Forsman, Lea, Forssberg, Hans and Ullén, Fredrik (2005) Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development. Nature Neuroscience, 8 (9). pp. 1148-1150. ISSN 1097-6256

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Abstract

Using diffusion tensor imaging, we investigated effects of piano practicing in childhood, adolescence and adulthood on white matter, and found positive correlations between practicing and fiber tract organization in different regions for each age period. For childhood, practicing correlations were extensive and included the pyramidal tract, which was more structured in pianists than in non-musicians. Long-term training within critical developmental periods may thus induce regionally specific plasticity in myelinating tracts.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 05:21
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64553
DOI: 10.1038/nn1516

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