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