Naturalistic music and dance : Cortical phase synchrony in musicians and dancers

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Poikonen , H , Toiviainen , P & Tervaniemi , M 2018 , ' Naturalistic music and dance : Cortical phase synchrony in musicians and dancers ' , PLoS One , vol. 13 , no. 4 , 0196065 .

Title: Naturalistic music and dance : Cortical phase synchrony in musicians and dancers
Author: Poikonen, Hanna; Toiviainen, Petri; Tervaniemi, Mari
Contributor organization: Medicum
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
CICERO Learning
Department of Education
Cognitive Brain Research Unit
Brain, Music and Learning
Date: 2018-04-19
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: PLoS One
ISSN: 1932-6203
Abstract: Expertise in music has been investigated for decades and the results have been applied not only in composition, performance and music education, but also in understanding brain plasticity in a larger context. Several studies have revealed a strong connection between auditory and motor processes and listening to and performing music, and music imagination. Recently, as a logical next step in music and movement, the cognitive and affective neuro-sciences have been directed towards expertise in dance. To understand the versatile and overlapping processes during artistic stimuli, such as music and dance, it is necessary to study them with continuous naturalistic stimuli. Thus, we used long excerpts from the contemporary dance piece Carmen presented with and without music to professional dancers, musicians, and laymen in an EEG laboratory. We were interested in the cortical phase synchrony within each participant group over several frequency bands during uni- and multimodal processing. Dancers had strengthened theta and gamma synchrony during music relative to silence and silent dance, whereas the presence of music decreased systematically the alpha and beta synchrony in musicians. Laymen were the only group of participants with significant results related to dance. Future studies are required to understand whether these results are related to some other factor (such as familiarity to the stimuli), or if our results reveal a new point of view to dance observation and expertise.
515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
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