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Evolution of Emotional CommunicationFrom Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man$
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Eckart Altenmüller, Sabine Schmidt, and Elke Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583560.001.0001

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Toward a neurobiology of musical emotions

Toward a neurobiology of musical emotions

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(p.277) Chapter 17 Toward a neurobiology of musical emotions
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Evolution of Emotional Communication
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Isabelle Peretz

William Aubé

Jorge L. Armony

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583560.003.0017

The objective of this chapter is to present current knowledge about musical emotions from a neuropsychological perspective. With limbic mediation, consistency, and precociousness, musical emotions resemble other important classes of emotions that are important for survival. Because music seems to be a much larger culturally learning component, one may wonder how the relation between music and these neurobiological substrates should be conceptualized. Here, we examine the possibility that music is particularly suited (or designed) to invade emotion circuits that have evolved for emotional vocalizations.

Keywords:   musical emotions, vocal emotions, limbic system, emotional neural pathway, neural recycling, music neural invasion, musical aversion, startle reflex, dissonance, scary music, music universals, innateness

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