Special Issue "Music and Neural Plasticity"


A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mari Tervaniemi
Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, P.O.B. 9, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Website: http://www.cbru.helsinki.fi/music
E-Mail: mari.tervaniemi@helsinki.fi
Interests: music psychology, neurosciences of music, modularity of speech vs. music, musical expertise, music emotions, development of music skills, daily use of music

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As established in adult musicians, music training and expertise can facilitate various brain functions and even have their markers in the brain structures. However, the neuroplastic promises of music to facilitate music-related or music-unrelated perceptual and cognitive functions in school-aged children are not yet adequately documented. In parallel, various projects are currently underway in order to find out the means in which musical practices such as singing, playing, and listening might facilitate the recovery in neurological and psychiatric disorders. The current special issue aims at introducing recent findings in these topics which carry both scientific and societal impact.

Dr. Mari Tervaniemi
Guest Editor


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  • music learning
  • music performance
  • music education
  • music medicine
  • music therapy

Published Papers (4 papers)

by ,  and
Brain Sci. 2014, 4(2), 428-452; doi:10.3390/brainsci4020428
Received: 14 January 2014; in revised form: 26 May 2014 / Accepted: 30 May 2014 / Published: 17 June 2014
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by , , ,  and
Brain Sci. 2014, 4(2), 405-427; doi:10.3390/brainsci4020405
Received: 3 March 2014; in revised form: 19 March 2014 / Accepted: 20 May 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
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by  and
Brain Sci. 2014, 4(2), 376-395; doi:10.3390/brainsci4020376
Received: 31 December 2013; in revised form: 17 February 2014 / Accepted: 5 May 2014 / Published: 15 May 2014
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by ,  and
Brain Sci. 2013, 3(4), 1615-1634; doi:10.3390/brainsci3041615
Received: 26 September 2013; in revised form: 5 November 2013 / Accepted: 25 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013
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Last update: 22 April 2014

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