What improv does to your brain

Here’s a post for jazz lovers, rappers and science geeks alike. Researcher Charles Limb gives us a tour of our frontal lobes when reciting memorized music versus improvising new music. The process involved creating a keyboard that could be played while the musician was simultaneously undergoing a brain scan (lying down, in cramped quarters). Stick with the talk to find out just how improvisation is linked to communication skills, and to hear Limb himself give rapping a try.

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