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    Tech Dept: Scanning the brains of jazz musicians

    Boingboing reports that jazz musicians unconsciously switch off regions of the brain involved in self-censorship and firing up the area linked to self-expression. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University used an MRI to scan the brains of jazz musicians as they played a specially-designed piano keyboard.
    "The scientists found that a region of the brain known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, a broad portion of the front of the brain that extends to the sides, showed a slowdown in activity during improvisation. This area has been linked to planned actions and self-censoring, such as carefully deciding what words you might say at a job interview. Shutting down this area could lead to lowered inhibitions, Limb suggests.


    The scientists found that a region of the brain known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, a broad portion of the front of the brain that extends to the sides, showed a slowdown in activity during improvisation. This area has been linked to planned actions and self-censoring, such as carefully deciding what words you might say at a job interview. Shutting down this area could lead to lowered inhibitions, Limb suggests.

    Jazz is often described as being an extremely individualistic art form. You can figure out which jazz musician is playing because one person’s improvisation sounds only like him or her,” says (professor Charles) Limb. “What we think is happening is when you’re telling your own musical story, you’re shutting down impulses that might impede the flow of novel ideas.”
    I could never understand some Jazz musicians I know, like Tom Hopkins. I think this may explain it if brains exist.

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    Re: Tech Dept: Scanning the brains of jazz musicians

    When science studies musicians (and it's been doing it a long, long time) it always reminds me somehow of when science studies paranormal activity.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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    Re: Tech Dept: Scanning the brains of jazz musicians

    All we need now is someone to tell us where the on/off switches/controllers are located...!!!
    Gary, can we have those implanted in any of your products...???

    Yudit

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