Magnetic Imaging

We probably need not look to accidents much longer. We now have systematic techniques, such as magnetic imaging. In a 1995 investigation, Thomas Albert, Christo Pantey, Christian Wiendruch, Bridget Rockstroh, and Edward Taub found that the cortical representation of the digits of the left hand of string players was larger than that in controls. The effect was smallest for the left thumb and no such differences were observed for representations of the right hand digits. The amount of cortical reorganization in the representation of the fingering digits was correlated with the age at which the person had begun to play. These results suggested that the representation of different parts of the body and the primary somato-sensory cortex of humans depends on use and changes to conform to the current needs and experiences of the individual.

Recall the idea introduced earlier in this article, that performance often reflects both biological potential and experience. Note also the fact that this research focused on individuals within a very specific domain of performance (stringed instruments). Generalizations cannot be applied to other instruments, let alone other kinds of musical creativity or other kinds of art. Finally, it is critical to keep in mind that although the participants of this study were musicians, their actual creativity was not assessed. Music may be an unambiguously creative domain, but it would be interesting to know the actual level of creative skill of the individuals and to correlate that with the size of the cortical representations.

Do Not Panic

Do Not Panic

This guide Don't Panic has tips and additional information on what you should do when you are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack. With so much going on in the world today with taking care of your family, working full time, dealing with office politics and other things, you could experience a serious meltdown. All of these things could at one point cause you to stress out and snap.

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