Journal article

Emotional Responses to Music: Shifts in Frontal Brain Asymmetry Mark Periods of Musical Change

Hussain-Abdulah Arjmand, Jesper Hohagen, Bryan Paton, Nikki S Rickard

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2017

Abstract

Recent studies have demonstrated increased activity in brain regions associated with emotion and reward when listening to pleasurable music. Unexpected change in musical features intensity and tempo - and thereby enhanced tension and anticipation - is proposed to be one of the primary mechanisms by which music induces a strong emotional response in listeners. Whether such musical features coincide with central measures of emotional response has not, however, been extensively examined. In this study, subjective and physiological measures of experienced emotion were obtained continuously from 18 participants (12 females, 6 males; 18-38 years) who listened to four stimuli-pleasant music, unplea..

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