Navigation Links
This is your brain on freestyle rap
Date:11/15/2012

Researchers in the voice, speech, and language branch of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the brain activity of rappers when they are "freestyling" spontaneously improvising lyrics in real time. The findings, published online in the November 15 issue of the journal Scientific Reports, reveal that this form of vocal improvisation is associated with a unique functional reallocation of brain activity in the prefrontal cortex and proposes a novel neural network that appears to be intimately involved in improvisatory and creative endeavors.

The researchers, led by Siyuan Liu, Ph.D., scanned the brains of 12 freestyle rap artists (who had at least 5 years of rapping experience) while they performed two tasks using an identical 8-bar musical track. For the first task, they improvised rhyming lyrics and rhythmic patterns guided only by the beat. In the second task, they performed a well-rehearsed set of lyrics.

During freestyle rapping, the researchers observed increases in brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, a brain region responsible for motivation of thought and action, but decreased activity in dorsolateral prefrontal regions that normally play a supervisory or monitoring role. Like an experienced parent who knows when to lay down the law and when to look the other way, these shifts in brain function may facilitate the free expression of thoughts and words without the usual neural constraints.

Freestyling also increased brain activity in the perisylvian system (involved in language production), the amygdala (an area of the brain linked to emotion), and cingulate motor areas, suggesting that improvisation engages a brain network that links motivation, language, mood, and action. Further studies of this network in other art forms that involve the innovative use of language, such as poetry and storytelling, could offer more insights into the initial, improvisatory phase of the creative process.


'/>"/>

Contact: Robin Latham
lathamr@nidcd.nih.gov
301-496-7243
NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Scientists Track Activity in Rappers Brains
2. Traumatic brain injury patients, supercomputer simulations studied to improve helmets
3. Migraine-associated brain changes not related to impaired cognition
4. Can Playing Soccer Lead to Brain Damage?
5. Migraine Sufferers Show More Brain Changes Than Others: Study
6. For brain tumors, origins matter
7. Should hyperbaric oxygen therapy be used to treat combat-related mild traumatic brain injury?
8. Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain
9. Early Exposure to Stress at Home Affects Girls Brains, Study Says
10. New form of brain plasticity: Study shows how social isolation disrupts myelin production
11. Brain injury and stress disorder strong indicators of vision problems for veterans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/19/2017)... Angeles (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... Next ... Act will be repealed by Congressional political games that circumvent health needs of over ... Stand Rally” capture the human anxieties and needs government public servants were suppose to ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... This month, the CEO and ... name of their drug rehab center in Delray Beach, Florida has been changed from ... only stars such as Philip Seymour Hoffman and Chris Farley are dying from heroin ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... dynamic telemedicine solutions, has recently unveiled impressive transportable capabilities with their iMedHD2™ Portable ... product is an extension to RMT technology that delivers HD, dynamic, streaming ultrasound ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading global ... health products, today announced that it will be co-hosting a workshop entitled “Develop ... drug delivery solutions to health industries worldwide. The one day event is to ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... Conductor CTMS, which provides a modern CTMS workflow designed to seamlessly integrate and ... has been condensed to a single page, maximizing usability and improving efficiency significantly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... January 19, 2017 ... Oncology & Haematology, 2016;12(Suppl 2):3-8; http://www.touchoncology.com/articles/optimising-clinical-outcomes-gastrointestinal-cancers-through-inhibiting-angiogenesis-and ... ... Published recently in a supplement to ... from touchONCOLOGY, an article by James Gilbart ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 2017 ViewRay, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRAY) announced today that ... research in Germany , has purchased ... the University Clinic Heidelberg as part of its initiative ... program will be headed by Medical Director and Professor ... at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the Heidelberg ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... PALO ALTO, Calif. , Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... scientific research, is excited to announce that the ... Project: Cancer Biology  (RP:CB) have been published in ... science, this project represents the first practical evaluation ... that result in reproducible studies. Unlike other assessments ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: