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Becoming a pianist. An fMRI study of musical literacy acquisition

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  • Lauren Stewart
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  • Rik Henson
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  • Knut Kampe
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  • Vincent Walsh
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  • Robert Turner
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  • Uta Frith

Musically naïve subjects were scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) before and after they had been taught to read music and play keyboard. When subjects played melodies from musical notation after training, activation was seen in a cluster of voxels within the right superior parietal cortex consistent with the view that music reading involves spatial sensorimotor mapping.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume999
Pages (from-to)204-8
Number of pages5
ISSN0077-8923
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

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