Music, Motor Control and the Brain

Paperback | August 17, 2006

EditorEckart Altenmuller, Mario Wiesendanger, Jurg Kesselring

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The motor actions that can be witnessed as a virtuoso musician performs can be so fast, so accomplished, so precise, as to seem somehow superhuman. The musician has to produce the movements, monitor those they have already made and the subsequent result, co-ordinate their hands, fingers, eyes,and perhaps throat and diaphragm. These achievements are of course the product of hundreds, even thousands of hours of practice - playing scales, studies, time and time again. But those hours of practice by no means guarantee that great musicianship will result. This technical prowess has to becombined with a range of other, perhaps, less tangible qualities. This book explores the secrets of musical virtuosity. It presents a comprehensive account of music and motor cognition, examining the neural basis of music making - our understanding of which is just starting to be enhanced by brain imaging. It considers the effect on our brains of prolonged musicmaking. It explores the motor processes across a range of instruments (vocal, string, wind, percussion) and within different performance situations. It also considers what happens when things start to go wrong - why motor problems occur in so many professional musicians in later life, and thepossible therapies for such problems. Music is a topic of considerable interest within the brain sciences. With contributions from leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and neurologists, this book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of music and the brain.

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The motor actions that can be witnessed as a virtuoso musician performs can be so fast, so accomplished, so precise, as to seem somehow superhuman. The musician has to produce the movements, monitor those they have already made and the subsequent result, co-ordinate their hands, fingers, eyes,and perhaps throat and diaphragm. These ach...

After graduating in Medicine and Music Eckart Altenmuller held a postdoctoral position in the department of Clinical Neurophysiology in Freiburg where he carried out research into brain activation during auditory processing of music and learning of fine motor skills. He received his clinical training in Neurology at the Department of ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.71 inPublished:August 17, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199298723

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Part 1: History1. Andreas C. Lehmann: Historical increases in expert music performance skills: optimising instruments, playing techniques and trainingPart 2: Psychology2. Lutz Jancke: From cognition to action3. Caroline Palmer: The nature of memory for music performance skills4. Bruno Repp: Musical synchronizationPArt 3: Movement analysis5. Thomas E. Jerde, Marco Santello, Martha Flanders and John F. Soechting: Hand movements and musical performance6. Hans-Christian Jabusch: Movement analysis in pianists7. Mario Wiesendanger, Andreas Baader and Oleg Kazennikov: Fingering and bowing in violinists8. Sofia Dahl: Movements and analysis of drummingPart 4: Representation in the Brain9. Gottfried Schlaug: Brain structures of musicians: executive functions and morphological implications10. Lutz Jancke: The motor representation in pianists and string players11. Marc Bangert: Brain activation during piano playing12. Arto Nirkko and Rumyana Kristeva: Brain activation during string playing13. Hermann Ackermann, Dirk Wildgruber and Axel Riecker: 'Singing in the (b)rain': cerebral correlates of vocal music performance in humans14. Reyna Leigh Gordon, Amelie Racette and Daniele Schon: Sensory-motor networks in singing and speaking: a comparative approach15. Christian Gerloff and Friedhelm Hummel: Role of inhibition in motor control of finger functionsPart 5: Apollo's curse - the loss of motor control in musicians16. Eckart Altenmueller: The end of the song? Robert Schumann's focal dystonia17. Hans-Christian Jabusch and Eckart Altenmueller: Epidemiology, phenomenology and therapy of musician's cramp18. Karin Rosenkranz: The neurophysiology of focal hand dystonia in musicians19. Nancy Byl and Alberto Priori: The development of focal dystonia in musicians as a consequence of maladaptive plasticity: implications for intervention20. Jurg Kesselring: Music performance anxiety