This is Sting’s brain on music

In order to get his brain scanned, musician Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner had to wait out a power outage. The delay forced him to take the stage for a concert without first doing a soundcheck. But now the entertainer, whom the world knows as Sting, is happy with the results of an fMRI study in which he was the sole subject.

Lead author Daniel Levitin, PhD, of McGill University—who caught Sumner’s attention by writing This Is Your Brain on Music—says the new research “can be used to study all sorts of things: how athletes organize their thoughts about body movements, how writers organize their thoughts about characters, how painters think about color, form and space.”

McGill’s news office has the story, along with links to the full study and a music-happy video: