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The emotional power of music: how music enhances the feeling of affective pictures.
Brain Res. 2006 Feb 23; 1075(1):151-64.BR

Abstract

Music is an intriguing stimulus widely used in movies to increase the emotional experience. However, no brain imaging study has to date examined this enhancement effect using emotional pictures (the modality mostly used in emotion research) and musical excerpts. Therefore, we designed this functional magnetic resonance imaging study to explore how musical stimuli enhance the feeling of affective pictures. In a classical block design carefully controlling for habituation and order effects, we presented fearful and sad pictures (mostly taken from the IAPS) either alone or combined with congruent emotional musical excerpts (classical pieces). Subjective ratings clearly indicated that the emotional experience was markedly increased in the combined relative to the picture condition. Furthermore, using a second-level analysis and regions of interest approach, we observed a clear functional and structural dissociation between the combined and the picture condition. Besides increased activation in brain areas known to be involved in auditory as well as in neutral and emotional visual-auditory integration processes, the combined condition showed increased activation in many structures known to be involved in emotion processing (including for example amygdala, hippocampus, parahippocampus, insula, striatum, medial ventral frontal cortex, cerebellum, fusiform gyrus). In contrast, the picture condition only showed an activation increase in the cognitive part of the prefrontal cortex, mainly in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Based on these findings, we suggest that emotional pictures evoke a more cognitive mode of emotion perception, whereas congruent presentations of emotional visual and musical stimuli rather automatically evoke strong emotional feelings and experiences.

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Institute for Empirical Research in Economics and Neuroeconomics, University of Zurich, Blümlisalpstrasse 10, CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland. t.baumgartner@iew.unizh.chNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16458860

Citation

Baumgartner, Thomas, et al. "The Emotional Power of Music: How Music Enhances the Feeling of Affective Pictures." Brain Research, vol. 1075, no. 1, 2006, pp. 151-64.
Baumgartner T, Lutz K, Schmidt CF, et al. The emotional power of music: how music enhances the feeling of affective pictures. Brain Res. 2006;1075(1):151-64.
Baumgartner, T., Lutz, K., Schmidt, C. F., & Jäncke, L. (2006). The emotional power of music: how music enhances the feeling of affective pictures. Brain Research, 1075(1), 151-64.
Baumgartner T, et al. The Emotional Power of Music: How Music Enhances the Feeling of Affective Pictures. Brain Res. 2006 Feb 23;1075(1):151-64. PubMed PMID: 16458860.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The emotional power of music: how music enhances the feeling of affective pictures. AU - Baumgartner,Thomas, AU - Lutz,Kai, AU - Schmidt,Conny F, AU - Jäncke,Lutz, Y1 - 2006/02/03/ PY - 2005/04/25/received PY - 2005/12/08/revised PY - 2005/12/08/accepted PY - 2006/2/7/pubmed PY - 2006/8/1/medline PY - 2006/2/7/entrez SP - 151 EP - 64 JF - Brain research JO - Brain Res. VL - 1075 IS - 1 N2 - Music is an intriguing stimulus widely used in movies to increase the emotional experience. However, no brain imaging study has to date examined this enhancement effect using emotional pictures (the modality mostly used in emotion research) and musical excerpts. Therefore, we designed this functional magnetic resonance imaging study to explore how musical stimuli enhance the feeling of affective pictures. In a classical block design carefully controlling for habituation and order effects, we presented fearful and sad pictures (mostly taken from the IAPS) either alone or combined with congruent emotional musical excerpts (classical pieces). Subjective ratings clearly indicated that the emotional experience was markedly increased in the combined relative to the picture condition. Furthermore, using a second-level analysis and regions of interest approach, we observed a clear functional and structural dissociation between the combined and the picture condition. Besides increased activation in brain areas known to be involved in auditory as well as in neutral and emotional visual-auditory integration processes, the combined condition showed increased activation in many structures known to be involved in emotion processing (including for example amygdala, hippocampus, parahippocampus, insula, striatum, medial ventral frontal cortex, cerebellum, fusiform gyrus). In contrast, the picture condition only showed an activation increase in the cognitive part of the prefrontal cortex, mainly in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Based on these findings, we suggest that emotional pictures evoke a more cognitive mode of emotion perception, whereas congruent presentations of emotional visual and musical stimuli rather automatically evoke strong emotional feelings and experiences. SN - 0006-8993 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16458860/The_emotional_power_of_music:_how_music_enhances_the_feeling_of_affective_pictures_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0006-8993(05)01787-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -