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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
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Patrik N. Juslin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.001.0001

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Towards a Neurobiology of Musical Emotions

Towards a Neurobiology of Musical Emotions

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(p.99) Chapter 5 Towards a Neurobiology of Musical Emotions
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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications
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Isabelle Peretz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.003.0005

This chapter presents current knowledge about musical emotions from a neuropsychological perspective. In doing so, it adopts a biological perspective. Music, and a fortiori musical emotions, are generally not regarded as biological functions. Rather, music-related functions are considered as a refined product of human culture. Over the last decade, however, research has yielded a considerable amount of data which has suggested that music might be part of human nature. The study of musical emotions plays a crucial role in this biological perspective. Indeed, musical emotions are inherent to experiences of music and may account for its ubiquity. Accordingly, understanding the biological origin of musical emotions may shed light on the biological roots of music processing more generally. The chapter examines the extent to which musical emotions might be biologically determined. Since the evidence points to biological foundations of musical emotions, it considers the possibility that music is particularly suited (or designed) to invade emotion circuits that have evolved for emotional vocalizations.

Keywords:   music, emotions, neuropsychology, emotional vocalization

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