Does Talent or Training Make a Musician Good? It Depends on Their Brain Structure
A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of the brain that account for individual talent from the parts that are activated through training.
The research is in Cerebral Cortex
. (full access paywall)Research:
"Dissociation of Neural Networks for Predisposition and for Training-Related Plasticity in Auditory-Motor Learning" by Sibylle C. Herholz, Emily B.J. Coffey, Christo Pantev and Robert J. Zatorre in Cerebral Cortex
Participants were required to learn simple piano pieces. Brain activity in certain areas changed after learning, indicating the effect of training. But the activity in a different set of brain structures, measured before the training session had started, predicted which test subjects would learn quickly or slowly. Image is for illustrative purposes only. #psychology #learning