Musicians Have More Symmetrical Motor Reactions of Hands in Working Memory and Attention Tests

Authors

  • Artem Okhrei Educational and Scientific Center "Institute of Biology" of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • Tetyana Kutsenko Educational and Scientific Center "Institute of Biology" of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • Mykola Makarchuk Educational and Scientific Center "Institute of Biology" of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29038/2617-4723-2016-337-12-185-192

Keywords:

motor asymmetry, working memory, direct and reversed Stroop tests, musicians, non-musicians

Abstract

In order to estimate the asymmetry of motor reactions that occurs during the cognitive task, the direct and reversed computerized Stroop tests as well as tests for evaluating the working memory were carried out. Answers in these tests were given with both hands by pressing keys on the computer keyboard. Participants were students of the National Academy of Music and their peers from the Educational and Scientific Center «The Institute of Biology» without any previous musical or vocal experience. It was found that musicians and non-musicians have equally effective execution of tests by the total number of errors, but
musicians showed more symmetrical motor reactions, which may indicate that musicians have lesser functional asymmetry and transcallosal delay during these cognitive tasks.

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Published

2016-12-17

How to Cite

Okhrei, A., Kutsenko, T., & Makarchuk, M. (2016). Musicians Have More Symmetrical Motor Reactions of Hands in Working Memory and Attention Tests. Notes in Current Biology, (12(337), 185–192. https://doi.org/10.29038/2617-4723-2016-337-12-185-192