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Editorial : music and the functions of the brain : arousal, emotions, and pleasure.

Reybrouck, M. and Eerola, T. and Podlipniak, P. (2018) 'Editorial : music and the functions of the brain : arousal, emotions, and pleasure.', Frontiers in psychology., 9 . p. 113.

Abstract

Music impinges upon the body and the brain and has inductive power, relying on both innate dispositions and acquired mechanisms for coping with the sounds. This process is partly autonomous and partly deliberate, but multiple interrelations between several levels of processing can be shown. There is, further, a tradition in neuroscience that divides the organization of the brain into lower and higher functions. The latter have received a lot of attention in music and brain studies during the last decades. Recent developments in neuroimaging techniques, however, have broadened the field by encompassing the study of both cortical and subcortical processing of the sounds. Much is still to be investigated but some major observations seem already to emerge. The domain of music and emotions is a typical example with a major focus on the pleasure that can be derived from listening to music. Pleasure, however, is not the only emotion that music can induce and the mechanisms behind its elicitation are far from understood. There are also mechanisms related to arousal and activation that are both less differentiated and at the same time more complex than the assumed mechanisms triggering basic emotions. It is tempting, therefore, to bring together contributions from neuroscience studies with a view to cover the possible range of answers to the question what pleasurable or mood-modifying effects music can have on human beings in real-time listening situations.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00113
Publisher statement:Copyright: © 2018 Reybrouck, Eerola and Podlipniak. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Date accepted:24 January 2018
Date deposited:29 January 2018
Date of first online publication:09 February 2018
Date first made open access:No date available

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