Guitarists Brains Swing in Tune

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Berlin - When guitarists get together and things get loud, it is not just the music that is in tune: new European research published on Tuesday shows that their brainwaves are also in synch.

Scientists took eight different guitar duos in the laboratory, attached electrodes to their scalps and got them to play a short jazz fusion melody up to 60 times while they recorded their brains' electrical activity.

The researchers from Berlin's Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Salzburg in Austria found that brainwave similarities between the musicians' brains increased significantly.

And this was not just as they played - their brains also got in the same groove as they listened to a metronome as they got ready to play, the Max Planck Institute said in research published in the BMC Neuroscience journal.

"Our findings show that interpersonally coordinated actions are preceded and accompanied by between-brain oscillatory couplings," said Max Planck's Ulman Lindenberger, one of the authors.

The study is the first of its kind - only individuals' brains have been observed tuning into music before - and the results potentially have wider implications for understanding how people's brains interact.


Asterixposted on Wednesday 1st of April 2009 at 12:20

Well see thinking the same thing as the other musicians doesn't necessarily mean your brains are in sync.

What they're saying is that your brainwaves are in sync which makes for easier, even telepathic communication.

It's a little far out but probably not far off the truth I'd say.

@Stoners!!!! - been listening to some Steely Dan I believe?

Ciao for now, keep well.

Kind regards...

posted on Wednesday 1st of April 2009 at 11:53

Ok. Interesting, but when a band/orchestra plays the SAME piece of music, our brains would be in sync. How could I be thinking of a linkin park tune if I am supposed to play over the Coltrane changes? Or am I understanding this wrong?

Jimmyposted on Tuesday 24th of March 2009 at 17:43

Certainly worth a ponder...

hahahaha, I'm sure any stoner would tell you that yes.

Stoners!!!!posted on Thursday 19th of March 2009 at 19:55

Any major dude will tell you this, surely my friend, you don't need to be a god damn scientist.

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