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Thursday, 2 October, 1986

Left Of Brain Plays Piano

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Oldenburg musicologist Herbert Wiedemann has been awarded the 1985 Gerhard Wahsmann Prize for his work on the connection between piano-playing and brain development.

His research found that piano lessons almost only train the left-hand side of the brain. Recent brain research has shown the left-hand side of the brain to process mainly linguistic and symbolic patterns, whereas the right-hand side is more responsible for the development of artistic abilities.

The means of involving the right-hand side of the brain as well during piano-playing could be such elementary activities as listening and repetition. Free improvisation might be a third factor.

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