Clem Burke, former drummer for Blondie, has organized a research project in England that will be exploring the interaction between the human brain and drumming activity. They are also developing research focused on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and drumming. Dr. Marcus Smith is an exercise physiology researcher involved with the project.
DW Drums has helped sponsor the project, along with several other companies. This is promising, because it demonstrates the awareness that corporations have in the future of music cognition research.
Here’s some perspective for you: when I first began looking into this field (specifically related to the drum set) over twenty years ago, you could count the citation listings in the research publications on ONE HAND.
We’ve come a very long way…