9.3.1 Attentive Ga processing
The overall pattern of our findings suggests that perceptual timing skills are superior in musicians, while most of their training has been in more complex performance skills. This links in well with present theories on perception-action coupling,which is best expressed in the “common-coding hypothesis” (Prinz 1990): training of precise timing in motor performance is inseparably linked to the corresponding training and improvement of auditory temporal resolution. This is the more relevant in professional musicians, since temporal precision is a fundamental characteristic of performance quality. The musicians’ superior performance in temporal discrimination tasks also fits well into concepts of neuroplastic adaptation to attentive auditory processing.