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Auditory prediction cues motor preparation in the absence of movements


Auditory prediction cues motor preparation in the absence of movements

Stephan, Marianne A., Lega, Carlotta and Penhune, Virginia (2018) Auditory prediction cues motor preparation in the absence of movements. NeuroImage . ISSN 10538119 (In Press)

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There is increasing evidence for integrated representation of sensory and motor information in the brain, and that seeing or hearing action-related stimuli may automatically cue the movements required to respond to or produce them. In this study we tested whether anticipation of tones in a known melody automatically activates corresponding motor representations in a predictive way, in preparation for potential upcoming movements. Therefore, we trained 20 non-musicians (8 men, 12 women) to play a simple melody. Then, while they passively listened to the learned or unlearned melodies, we applied single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) over M1 to measure motor evoked potentials from the associated finger muscle either preceding or following the onset of individual tones. Our results show that listening to the learned melody increased corticospinal excitability for specific finger muscles before tone onset. This demonstrates that predictable auditory information can activate motor representations in an anticipatory muscle-specific manner, even in the absence of intention to move. This suggests that the motor system is involved in the prediction of sensory events, likely based on auditory-parietal-prefrontal feedforward/feedback loops that automatically prepare predictable sound-related actions independent of actual execution and the associated auditory feedback. Overall, we propose that multimodal forward models of upcoming sounds and actions support motor preparation, facilitate error detection and correction, and guide perception.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Authors:Stephan, Marianne A. and Lega, Carlotta and Penhune, Virginia
Journal or Publication:NeuroImage
Date:18 March 2018
  • Swiss Foundation for Grants in Biology and Medicine (SFGBM)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.03.044
ID Code:983592
Deposited On:21 Mar 2018 20:05
Last Modified:18 Mar 2019 00:00


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