Navigation Links
Scientists Track Activity in Rappers' Brains

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Unique patterns of brain activity occur when rappers spontaneously improvise lyrics, a technique known as freestyling.

That's the finding of a study that included 12 freestyle rap artists who had at least five years of rapping experience. The results were published online Nov. 15 in the journal Scientific Reports.

Researchers used functional MRI to monitor the rappers' brain activity while they performed a well-rehearsed set of lyrics and while they improvised lyrics and rhythmic patterns.

During the freestyle rapping, there was increased activity in an area of the brain that is responsible for motivation of thought and action (called the medial prefrontal cortex). At the same time, there was decreased activity in brain regions that normally play a supervisory or monitoring role (dorsolateral prefrontal regions).

These shifts in brain function may promote the free expression of thoughts and words without the usual neural constraints, according to the researchers at the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

The investigators also found that freestyling increased activity in the perisylvian system (involved in language production), the amygdala (involved in emotion) and cingulate motor areas. This suggests that improvisation engages a brain network that links motivation, language mood and action, the researchers, led by Siyuan Liu, explained in a NIDCD news release.

Further research of this brain network's involvement in other art forms that feature the innovative use of language, such as poetry and storytelling, could help improve understanding about the initial, improvisatory phase of the creative process, the study authors suggested.

More information

Your Amazing Brain offers a look inside your brain.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, news release, Nov. 15, 2012

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Scientists ID Gene Mutation That May Triple Alzheimers Risk
2. Kessler Foundation scientists report negative impact of long-term caregiving on cognition
3. John Templeton Foundation grant supports Princeton neuroscientists to study cognitive control
4. Scientists discover how stomach cancer spreads
5. How do cells tell time? Scientists develop single-cell imaging to watch the cell clock
6. Scientists Find Gene Differences in Nonsmokers With Lung Cancer
7. Scientists at IRB BARCELONA discover a key process that allows colon cancer to metastasize
8. Scientists uncover a new pathway that regulates information processing in the brain
9. 2 Scripps Research Institute scientists honored by American Chemical Society
10. Scientists test 5,000 combinations of 100 existing cancer drugs to find more effective treatments
11. Loyola names Junior and Senior Scientists of the Year
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Scientists Track Activity in Rappers' Brains
(Date:11/27/2015)... Minn. (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... start failing. Secura Consultants has prided itself for not only fulfilling the needs ... income protection solutions at an affordable price and providing top-tier customer service. However, ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage Rock Posters, announces his search for ... of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. The concert was held on March ... The According to Hawley, "It is hard to believe that Joplin's stardom was only ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 26, 2015 , ... Somu Sivaramakrishnan announced today that he ... now offers travelers, value and care based Travel Services, including exclusive pricing on ... as, cabin upgrades and special amenities such as, shore excursions, discounted fares, travel ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... set of retro-fused, self-animating trailer titles with ProTrailer: Vintage. This newly styled ProTrailer ... classically-influenced trailer titles work with any font, giving users limitless opportunities to stylize ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... The holiday ... dish and pleasing the palates of attendees is of the utmost importance. Whether ... a seasonal get-together, give these recipes a try this holiday season. , Turkey ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 Un nuevo enfoque ... para el cáncer avanzado.   --> ... fotodinámica de Bremachlorin para el cáncer avanzado.   ... inmunoterapia con la terapia fotodinámica de Bremachlorin para el ... . --> Clinical Cancer Research . ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... -- Research and Markets ( ) has announced the ... to 2019 - Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing Awareness ... their offering. Boston scientific ... scientific and others. --> The market is ... Boston scientific and others. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... the "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ... Testing Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, ... their offering. --> ) ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: