Keller, Bella, Koch (2010) investigated the effects of anticipatory auditory imagery on movements timing and kinematics by requiring 30 musicians with experience from a variety of musical instruments to produce short sequences of taps on vertically aligned keys at a tempo set by lead in pacing signals. It was found that movement, timing, and kinematics were affected by whether taps triggered tones and whether the resultant melodic contours were compatible or incompatible with movement transitions on the height dimension.

The findings suggest that anticipatory auditory imagery plays a role in force control when producing temporally regular auditory sequences. The same mechanism that mediates cross-modal response priming in speeded tasks influences movement dynamics when temporal precision is required. This mechanism may assist in selecting movement and planning the execution of these movements.

Some of the areas in which the findings could be beneficial are dance and music. While music and dance are not my areas of strength, I do have some experience with them and can see the importance and value that the findings provide. Auditory feedback is one of the most common ways in which a person receives feedback so it only makes sense the need to utilize auditory imagery and the influence and advantage that it can provide for a performer.

We all know the importance of our senses and the challenges that can arise if one of our senses is lost. It makes perfect sense to hone in on the senses that are most important for a specific performance and focus specifically on those senses and the improvement and advancement of them. Imagery using all the sense should still be used but the emphasis should be placed on those senses most utilized for the performance, in this case auditory.

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