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Using Heart Rate to Predict Errors in Expert Pianist

A new twist to the saying ‘playing from the heart.’ 🎶


Researchers found an increase in heart rate before an error in playing occurs in expert pianist. 🎹 This change in heart rate sends crucial signals to the brain to perceive error before we are even consciously aware of it! This information from the heart helps the brain to adjust and correct errors before they occur.


We take for granted our brain’s ability to constantly correct for errors without our awareness, but the reality is our brain is in control and making decisions without us even noticing. Even in simple movement, our brain has processed that movement on average 27 times before we are even aware we want to move! What a beautiful thing. 🧠


Source: “Cardiac afferent activity modulates early neural signature of error detection during skilled performance”. Gabriela Bury, Marta García Huesca, Joydeep Bhattacharya, María Herrojo Ruiz. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.04.043


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