Between a 2014 CMF cancellation and a scheduled 2016 performance, an fMRI
By Peter Alexander
“The musician’s brain is exquisitely sensitive to all aspects of music, be it listening, reading or imagining playing music”—Tobias Overath,
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
The concussion forced Koh to cancel a scheduled appearance at CMF in August of 2014. It affected her speech and memory and temporarily made it impossible for her to practice. Fortunately, she recovered and is back on the performance circuit, but her curiosity about the brain and how it works was stimulated by the experience.
When Koh performed recently at Duke University, Tobias Overath of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences arranged for her to to have a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan—known as an functional MRI, or fMRI—during which she listened to music, read a score of music, and imagined playing music. The results offer insight into how musicians’ brains work, and also play into a Duke course on “Music and the Brain.”
You can read the full story and see a brief video about the experience at Duke Today.