An investigation of motor inhibition in professional drummers

Takeaway

  • In comparison to untrained controls, professional drummers have more efficient neuronal organization as well as structure and biochemical parameters associated with motor inhibition.

Why this matters

  • While most individuals can perform easy motor tasks with two hands at a similar level, it is rare to find individuals that can perform complex fine motor tasks with both hands equally well, such as professional drummers who can perform complex motor tasks with both hands independently.

  • By unraveling the structural, functional, and biochemical correlates of this ability seen in professional drummers, important insights may be gained into the general neuronal foundation of motoric decoupling and provide interesting implications for clinical applications for patients with motor disorders.