Effects of dopaminergic and subthalamic stimulation on musical performance.

Abstract : Although subthalamic-deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) is an efficient treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD), its effects on fine motor functions are not clear. We present the case of a professional violinist with PD treated with STN-DBS. DBS improved musical articulation, intonation and emotional expression and worsened timing relative to a timekeeper (metronome). The same effects were found for dopaminergic treatment. These results suggest that STN-DBS, mimicking the effects of dopaminergic stimulation, improves fine-tuned motor behaviour whilst impairing timing precision.
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Floris T Van Vugt, Michael Schüpbach, Eckart Altenmüller, Eric Bardinet, Jérôme Yelnik, et al.. Effects of dopaminergic and subthalamic stimulation on musical performance.. Journal of Neural Transmission, Springer Verlag, 2013, 120 (5), pp.755-9. 〈10.1007/s00702-012-0923-7〉. 〈hal-00817575〉



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