The Creative Drummer: An EEG-Based Pilot Study on the Correlates of Emotions and Creative Drum Playing
Ramirez-Melendez R, Reija X
It is reasonable to assume that emotional processes are involved in creative tasks and the generation of creative ideas. In this pilot study, we investigate the emotional correlates in professional drummers during different degrees of creative music playing. Ten participants performed three tasks: repetitive rhythmic drum playing, pattern-based improvisation, and attention-intensive free improvisation, while their EEG activity was recorded. Arousal and valence levels were estimated from the EEG data at baseline and for the three tasks. Results show significantly increased levels of valence (i.e., increased prefrontal right alpha power compared to prefrontal left alpha power) during pattern-based and free improvisation relative to baseline, and significantly increased levels of valence during free improvisation relative to pattern-based improvisation. These results seem to indicate that positive emotion (characterized as increased valence) is associated with the creation of original ideas in drum playing and that the freer the creative process, the greater the positive effect. The implication of these results may be of particular relevance in the fields of music-based therapeutic interventions and music pedagogy.
Ramirez-Melendez R, Reija X. The Creative Drummer: An EEG-Based Pilot Study on the Correlates of Emotions and Creative Drum Playing. Brain Sciences 2023; 13(1).
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Neuroscience (miscellaneous) (Q2) (2018)