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Improvising develops your brain

Here's a great TED Talk by Charles Limb, a medical doctor and a musician with a love of jazz and improvisation who researches the way musical creativity works in the brain.  He's been on a recent BBC Horizon programme about creativity and, in this talk, Charles reviews "how the brain works during musical improvisation".

He has jazz musicians and rappers perform inside an MRI scanner to monitor which parts of their brains are more or less active when they improvise.  Enjoy his talk.  You could say that improvising exercises parts of the brain in ways that 'regular' playing does not reach just showing, once again, how good jazz is for you!

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