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Practice doesn’t always make perfect (depending on your brain)

Study fuels nature versus debate

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of the brain that account for individual talent from the parts that are activated through training.

Published: 28Jul2015

Will Straw

Jonathan Sterne

Caroline Palmer

Eric Lewis

Ichiro Fujinaga

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