In case you missed it, this just in: Guitarists’ brains are not like those of everyone else. In 2012 researchers in Berlin conducted experiments that presumably resembled a P-Funk show, neurally scanning guitarists while they played. And wouldn’t you know it—guitar players sometimes check out while improvising. Via PolicyMic:
Researchers found that, when a guitarist shreds, he or she temporarily deactivates the brain region that routinely shuts down when achieving big-picture goals, signalling a shift from conscious to unconscious thought.
Was there ever any doubt? Read more of the science behind the story and get introduced to the great story of Pat Martino over at PolicyMic.