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The Brain and Positive Biological Effects in Healthy and Clinical Populations

Stefan Koelsch and Thomas Stegemann

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0029
The Brain and Positive Biological Effects in Healthy and Clinical Populations

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Mounting evidence indicates that making music, dancing, and even simply listening to music activates a multitude of brain structures involved in cognitive, sensorimotor, and emotional processing. It has been hypothesized that such activation has beneficial effects on psychological and physiological health, but there is still a lack of systematic high-quality research confirming such hypotheses. To lay out the basis for such research, this chapter focuses on the neural correlates of music-evoked emotions, and their health-related autonomic, endocrinological, and immunological effects. It starts with the question as to how music actually evokes an emotion, and some thoughts on the different routes through which music might evoke emotions.

Keywords: music making; music listening; music-evoked emotions; emotional effects

Chapter.  10867 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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