Coincidentally, I am currently reading "This is You Brain on Music" by Daniel J Levitin, who runs the Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University. I just started it a few days ago, but I am enjoying it thus far.. :) peace -cpr Quoting "Sowonja, Tomson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>: > Yeah Per - I'm a long time lurker/occasional poster and I always find > your posts incredibly interesting/helpful and informative. > > I sent this link through to my Keyboardist in The Soldiers Of Fortune > who is also doing his PhD in Psychology - something to do with pattern > recognition/memory and music. > > He found it very interesting and had a few comments which I've pasted > below as some of you on the list may find them interesting as well: > > "Ah yes, I've heard about this. I haven't read the study, I'll have to > find it and be more informed about exactly what was happening - lots of > times media coverage of these things misses the point or gets things > wrong, etc. > > However, it does seem more or less intuitively right to me, with some > disclaimers: > > Firstly, improvisation isn't really as improvised as people like to > believe - most improvisers have a bunch of licks they play, which they > know more or less well. Often it's things they know intuitively rather > than consciously, but they're there. > > [I have themes and things that I tend to use in Sliced Bread in > particular songs - I don't have solos planned...though with the Soldiers > of Fortune in improvisations and jams I really would make it up as I > went along, feed off others - maybe that's something the study missed - > the fact that improvisation happens in a group, and that would alter the > way things work.] > > Secondly, the other thing is that brain imaging studies like the one I > presume they used are temporally pretty poor in resolution, but > spatially pretty good - it's hard to figure out at which points in the > improvisation bits of the brain were being used, etc etc. e.g., you > might find that someone inhibits the monitoring process at the start of > a phrase, but doesn't at the end of a phrase. > > Tim." > > -----Original Message----- > From: Emile Tobenfeld (a.k.a Dr. T) [mailto:email@example.com] > Sent: Tuesday, 4 March 2008 8:51 AM > To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com > Subject: Re: OT: Interesting research on brain activities of improvisers > > Thanks for the great link. > > At 12:44 PM +0100 3/1/08, Per Boysen wrote: > >I found this rather interesting: > > > >Scientists funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other > >Communication Disorders (NIDCD) have found that, when jazz musicians > >are engaged in the highly creative and spontaneous activity known as > >improvisation, a large region of the brain involved in monitoring one's > > >performance is shut down, while a small region involved in organizing > >self-initiated thoughts and behaviors is highly activated. > > > > > >Link to read more: > ><http://createdigitalmusic.com/2008/02/29/the-real-ai-jazz-factor-think > >-different/>http://createdigitalmusic.com/2008/02/29/the-real-ai-jazz-f > >actor-think-different/ > > > >I've always also filed meditation into the same type of brain > >activities. 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