Extensive piano practicing has regionally specific effects on white matter development

Sara L Bengtsson, Zoltán Nagy, Stefan Skare, Lea Forsman, Hans Forssberg, Fredrik Ullén

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Using diffusion tensor imaging, we investigated effects of piano practicing in childhood, adolescence and adulthood on white matter, and found positive correlations between practicing and fiber tract organization in different regions for each age period. For childhood, practicing correlations were extensive and included the pyramidal tract, which was more structured in pianists than in non-musicians. Long-term training within critical developmental periods may thus induce regionally specific plasticity in myelinating tracts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1148-1150
Number of pages3
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number9
Early online date7 Aug 2005
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005

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