[Neuroscience] Re: How Is Piano Like Typing? And, Any "Fingering" Software Out There??

dougwedel at sbcglobal.net dougwedel at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jan 21 18:54:22 EST 2006

"NYC XYZ" <jack_foreigner at yahoo.com> wrote

> Do good typists and
> pianists share any psychological traits?

Neurological imaging studies show that pianists (especially those who
started practice as children) have several hypertrophied areas of their
brain that appear to be directly connected to their practice.  One
interesting is an enlarged corpus collosum, the thick bundle of neurons that
channel communications between the two hemispheres.  The extreme demands
made on two-handed coordination is probably responsible for this and you
could expect the same from typing.

In addition you would find enlargement and hyperactivation in both
Wernicke's area and Broca's area, because both are directly involved in both
playing a keyboard and typing.

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