TitleMultisensory integration during short-term music reading training enhances both uni- and multisensory cortical processing.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsParaskevopoulos, Evangelos, Kuchenbuch Anja, Herholz Sibylle C., and Pantev Christo
JournalJ Cogn Neurosci
Date Published2014 Oct
KeywordsAcoustic Stimulation, Adult, Analysis of Variance, Auditory Perception, Brain Mapping, Brain Waves, Cerebral Cortex, Discrimination (Psychology), Female, Humans, Magnetoencephalography, Male, Music, Photic Stimulation, Reading, Teaching, Visual Perception, Young Adult

The human ability to integrate the input of several sensory systems is essential for building a meaningful interpretation out of the complexity of the environment. Training studies have shown that the involvement of multiple senses during training enhances neuroplasticity, but it is not clear to what extent integration of the senses during training is required for the observed effects. This study intended to elucidate the differential contributions of uni- and multisensory elements of music reading training in the resulting plasticity of abstract audiovisual incongruency identification. We used magnetoencephalography to measure the pre- and posttraining cortical responses of two randomly assigned groups of participants that followed either an audiovisual music reading training that required multisensory integration (AV-Int group) or a unisensory training that had separate auditory and visual elements (AV-Sep group). Results revealed a network of frontal generators for the abstract audiovisual incongruency response, confirming previous findings, and indicated the central role of anterior prefrontal cortex in this process. Differential neuroplastic effects of the two types of training in frontal and temporal regions point to the crucial role of multisensory integration occurring during training. Moreover, a comparison of the posttraining cortical responses of both groups to a group of musicians that were tested using the same paradigm revealed that long-term music training leads to significantly greater responses than the short-term training of the AV-Int group in anterior prefrontal regions as well as to significantly greater responses than both short-term training protocols in the left superior temporal gyrus (STG).

Alternate JournalJ Cogn Neurosci
PubMed ID24669793