Washington, D.C: A recent study on longtime drummers found that they have different functional brain systems than those who don't play an instrument. It suggests that people who play drums have fewer but thicker fibers in their connecting tract between the two halves of the brain.
Another finding is that their areas of the motor brain are organized more efficiently. The results of the study were published in the journal Brain and Behavior. The research was carried out by Dr. Lara Schlaffke from Bergmannsheil University Hospital in Bochum and Dr. Sebastian Ocklenburg, Associate Professor at the Department of Biopsychology at the Ruhr University Bochum.
Sarah Friedrich spoke about the study and what they understood from it and said: "It has long been known that playing a musical instrument can change the brain through neuroplastic processes."
"So far, however, nobody has dealt specifically with drummers," added Friedrich. "Most people can only perform fine motor skills tasks with one hand and have problems playing different rhythms with both hands at the same time. Drummers can do things that are inexperienced are impossible. " People, "Lara Schlaffke explained the study.
The researchers tested 20 professional drummers with an average work experience of 17 years and a practice duration of more than ten hours per week. They examined them with various MRI imaging methods and compared the data with measurements from 24 non-musical control subjects.
The data showed that the drummers had fewer, but thicker fibers in the connecting track between the brain halves. This enabled them to exchange information between the hemispheres faster than the controls.