Dysfunctional neural activity linked to musician’s dystonia

A STUDY involving pianists who have musician’s dystonia (MD) has identified noisy neuronal activity as the likely source of their possibly career-ending problem.

German researchers looked closely at the brain structure and the note-playing accuracy of  11 elite-level pianists with MD, a neurological condition which affects hand function and can be misdiagnosed as an over-use injury.

The pianists had “a total life practice time of more than 10,000 hours”, and MD-related observations were compared to a matched group of healthy pianists.