In 2004, Ian McDonald, M.D., a British neurologist and amateur classical pianist, experienced a stroke that damaged a fairly small area of his brain. As a result, he temporarily lost his ability to read and play music from a score, as well as to appreciate music emotionally.
By Petr Janata, Ph.D.
Originally posted to Cerebrum @ Dana Foundation, August 2007

Music Score
Reading and playing music from a score involves a complex network of brain activity. © Getty Images/I. Burgum/P. Boorman

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