DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.5.1409

Influence of Music Training on the Plasticity of the Brain

Yi Zhu


This article explores the brain plasticity of musicians caused by music training based on resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging technology and brain network analysis. The results of this study show that the local functional connection of brain areas involved in the Salience network of musicians is increased, and the integration of functions within the network is enhanced, which indicates that the Salience network may be a key target of music training, and also supports the fact that the enhancement of the internal functional integration within the Salience network may lay the common foundation for many outstanding high-level cognitive processes of musicians. In addition, the increase in functional connection between the musician's left insula and right anterior temporal parietal junction may be caused by long-term music training. This study further verifies the significant effect of long-term music training on resting brain function, which is of great significance for cognitive neuroscience, brain plasticity research and clinical music therapy.


Music training, Brain, Plasticity

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