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Drum training induces long-term plasticity in the cerebellum and connected cortical thickness

Bruchhage, Muriel MK and Amad, Ali and Draper, Steve and Seidman, Jade and Lacerda, Luis and Luque Laguna, Pedro and Lowry, Ruth and Wheeler, James and Robertson, Andrew and Dell'Acqua, Flavio and Smith, Marcus S and Williams, Steven CR (2020) 'Drum training induces long-term plasticity in the cerebellum and connected cortical thickness.' Scientific Reports, 10 (1). 10116-. ISSN 2045-2322

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It is unclear to what extent cerebellar networks show long-term plasticity and accompanied changes in cortical structures. Using drumming as a demanding multimodal motor training, we compared cerebellar lobular volume and white matter microstructure, as well as cortical thickness of 15 healthy non-musicians before and after learning to drum, and 16 age matched novice control participants. After 8 weeks of group drumming instruction, 3 ×30 minutes per week, we observed the cerebellum significantly changing its grey (volume increase of left VIIIa, relative decrease of VIIIb and vermis Crus I volume) and white matter microstructure in the inferior cerebellar peduncle. These plastic cerebellar changes were complemented by changes in cortical thickness (increase in left paracentral, right precuneus and right but not left superior frontal thickness), suggesting an interplay of cerebellar learning with cortical structures enabled through cerebellar pathways.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brain; Cerebellum; Cerebellar Cortex; Parietal Lobe; Humans; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Music Therapy; Brain Mapping; Motor Activity; Neuronal Plasticity; Image Processing, Computer-Assisted; Adolescent; Female; Male; Young Adult; White Matter
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 15:07
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:15

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