Neuroscience and Music: Insights from Drummers’ Brains

    A new study investigated the effects of playing an instrument that has so far been neglected in scientific studies: The drums.

    In the study, professional drummers with an average drumming experience of 17 years and unmusical controls were tested for their drumming abilities. Not surprisingly, the drummers were much better. Both groups were then investigated using various neuroimaging techniques to investigate the structure of their brains, as well as functional brain activations while doing a motor task (finger tapping).

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