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The Emotional Power of MusicMultidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control$
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Tom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, and Klaus R. Scherer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.001.0001

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Striking a chord in the brain

Striking a chord in the brain

neurophysiological correlates of music-evoked positive emotions

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The Emotional Power of Music
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Stefan Koelsch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.003.0017

Music can evoke different positive emotions, such as reward-related experiences of "fun", the experience of "tender positive" emotions, or extremely pleasurable experiences such as "frissons". This chapter describes two different brain systems that are involved in generating different types of positive and negative emotion: The first one is a diencephalon-centered system involved in the generation of pleasure/pain, experiences of reward/punishment, and the subjective feeling of attraction/aversion. The second system is a hippocampus-centered system. This affect system is hypothesized to be involved in the generation of attachment-related emotions (and corresponding behaviours). These emotions are subjectively experienced as tender and positive emotions, such as joy, happiness, and love. The activation of these systems by music has important implications for the use of music in the therapy of diseases related to dysfunctions within these systems.

Keywords:   Music, Emotion, Hippocampus, Dopamine, Music Therapy, Communication

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