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Musical ImaginationsMultidisciplinary perspectives on creativity, performance and perception$
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David Hargreaves, Dorothy Miell, and Raymond MacDonald

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568086.001.0001

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Musicianship–how and where in the brain?

Musicianship–how and where in the brain?

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(p.285) Chapter 18 Musicianship–how and where in the brain?
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Musical Imaginations
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Mari Tervaniemi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568086.003.0018

Musical expertise has its imprints in the neural architecture. Both brain function and structure can be shaped by the existence and even by the type of musical skills. These notions are a relatively recent outcome of the elaborated use of empirical methods of brain science to reveal the ways in which the human brain interacts with musical information. This chapter introduces the current state-of-the-art in neurosciences, with emphasis on the brain determinants of musical expertise and creativity. It begins by discussing some recent findings in the auditory modality, and thereafter in cross-modal functions. These pioneering findings are followed by the most up-to-date pieces of evidence about the brain functions which might underlie the most creative forms of musical activities, namely, musical performance. Most findings presented in the chapter are chosen to illustrate the ways in which human brain function has been boosted by musical training.

Keywords:   musical expertise, brain, neuroscience, musical performance, creativity, musical training

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