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  Cingulate and cerebellar beta oscillations are engaged in the acquisition of auditory-motor sequences

Herrojo Ruiz, M., Maess, B., Altenmüller, E., Curio, G., & Nikulin, V. V. (2017). Cingulate and cerebellar beta oscillations are engaged in the acquisition of auditory-motor sequences. Human Brain Mapping, 38(10), 5161-5179. doi:10.1002/hbm.23722.

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Herrojo Ruiz, Maria 1, 2, Author
Maess, Burkhard3, Author              
Altenmüller, Eckart4, Author
Curio, Gabriel1, 5, Author
Nikulin, Vadim V.6, 7, Author              
1Department of Neurology, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany, ou_persistent22              
2Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
3Methods and Development Group MEG and EEG - Cortical Networks and Cognitive Functions, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, Leipzig, DE, ou_2205650              
4Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany, ou_persistent22              
5Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin, Germany, ou_persistent22              
6Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634549              
7Centre for Cognition and Decision Making, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ou_persistent22              


Free keywords: Oscillations; Sensorimotor learning; Error-monitoring; Cingulate cortex; Cerebellum
 Abstract: Singing, music performance and speech rely on the retrieval of complex sounds, which are generated by the corresponding actions and are organized into sequences. It is crucial in these forms of behavior that the serial organization (i.e., order) of both the actions and associated sounds be monitored and learned. To investigate the neural processes involved in the monitoring of serial order during the initial learning of sensorimotor sequences, we performed magnetoencephalographic recordings while participants explicitly learned short piano sequences under the effect of occasional alterations of auditory feedback (AAF). The main result was a prominent and selective modulation of beta (13-30Hz) oscillations in cingulate and cerebellar regions during the processing of AAF that simulated serial order errors. Furthermore, the AAF-induced modulation of beta oscillations was associated with higher error rates, reflecting compensatory changes in sequence planning. This suggests that cingulate and cerebellar beta oscillations play a role in tracking serial order during initial sensorimotor learning and in updating the mapping of the sensorimotor representations. The findings support the notion that the modulation of beta oscillations is a candidate mechanism for the integration of sequential motor and auditory information during an early stage of skill acquisition in music performance. This has potential implications for singing and speech.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-06-242017-01-062017-06-272017-07-132017-10
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1002/hbm.23722
PMID: 28703919
Other: Epub 2017
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Grant ID : HE 6013/1‐2
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Funding organization : German Research Foundation (DFG)
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Funding program : Russian Academic Excellence Project 5–100
Funding organization : Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation

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Title: Human Brain Mapping
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: New York : Wiley-Liss
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 38 (10) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 5161 - 5179 Identifier: ISSN: 1065-9471
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925601686