Researchers from Imperial College London and Charing Cross Hospital have discovered a way to help musicians improve their musical performances by an average of up to 17 per cent, equivalent to an improvement of one grade or class of honours.
The research published in this months edition of Neuroreport, shows that using a process known as neurofeedback, students at Londons Royal College of Music were able to improve their performance across a number of areas including their musical understanding and imagination, and their communication with the audience.
Dr. Tobias Egner, from Imperial College London at Charing Cross Hospital, one of the authors of the study, comments: "This is a unique use of neurofeedback. It has been used for helping with a number of conditions such as attention deficit disorder and epilepsy, but this is the first time it has been used to improve a complex set of skills such as musical performance in healthy students."
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