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Beatboxing on the brain

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Carolyn McGettigan is a researcher at University College London who studies the neural mechanisms of speech and production. So it was only natural that she teamed up with UK Beatbox champion Reeps One to uncover the mysteries behind his skill at producing percussion sounds with his mouth. She created a short film for the “Brains on Film” contest that details the results of comparing the beatboxing brain scans of Reeps One to those of a novice. I thought the film was a great description of both the technique of fMRI and the results of the study. Check it out here, or above.

Princess Ojiaku About the Author: Princess Ojiaku is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Neuroscience and Public Policy. She is also a student of life, exuberant nerd, and musician. She often tweets her daily links of interest and digital personal mutterings. Follow on Twitter @artfulaction.

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