This project focuses on the development of electronic piano keyboards that can be used inside MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners. The piano controller allows neuroscientists studying motor learning of musical tasks to perform functional scans of a subject’s brain while synchronizing the scanner, auditory and visual stimuli, and auditory feedback with the onset, offset, and velocity of the piano keys. Two versions of the piano have now been built with two full-fledged MRI-studies completed and more in development.
Virginia Penhune (Concordia University)
Robert Zatorre (Montreal Neurological Institute)
- Canada foundation for innovation
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT)
- Hollinger, A., Penhune, V., Zatorre, R., Steele, C., Wanderley, M. M. (2007). fMRI-Compatible Electronic Controllers. In Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2007). New York City, NY, USA.