12 Functional Neuroimaging
- Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
Walter A. Siebel
- Oxford University Press
Functional neuroimaging broadly refers to methods used to
visualize neural activity in the brain in relation to a specific
experimental variable (e.g., an emotion). It was only about ten years
ago that neuroscientists began to use functional neuroimaging to
investigate the neural substrates of emotion with music. The first part
of this chapter provides a review of functional neuroimaging studies of
emotion and music. It then describes the functional significance of a
number of brain structures crucially involved in emotional processing. A
section is devoted to musical emotions, emphasizing (1) that music is
capable of evoking ‘real’ and
‘basic’ emotions; (2) that music can evoke even
more than just those basic emotions; and (3) that if an emotion can
never be evoked by music, then it is not an emotion at all.
emotion, music, musical emotion, neuroimaging, emotional processing
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