Music-Evoked Emotions—Current Studies

Research in psychoneuroendocrinology and molecular markers is reviewed in the context of music-evoked emotions and the results indicate that the research in this area should be intensified

Hans-Eckhardt Schaefer


Scholarcy highlights

  • Basic discussions of music center about questions such as: What is music? How can we understand music? What is the effect of music on human beings? Music is described as multidimensional and researchers have categorized it by its arousal properties, emotional quality, and structural features
  • Functional neuroimaging studies on music and emotion, such as Functional magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography show that music can modulate the activity in brain structures that are known to be crucially involved in emotion, such as the amygdala and nucleus accumbens
  • As shown by tomographic imaging, which exhibits a high spatial resolution, activation of various brain areas can be initiated by musical stimuli
  • Imaging of emotional processing on a molecular level can be achieved by PET, where specific molecules such as
  • A powerful combination of specific detection of molecules and tomographic imaging of the brain could arise from a future development of Raman tomography
  • Raman scattering provides specific information on the characteristic properties of molecules, such as vibrational or rotational modes

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