Effect of Explicit Evaluation on Neural Connectivity Related to Listening to Unfamiliar Music

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  • Chao Liu, Brunel Univ London, Brunel University, Dept Elect & Comp Engn
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  • Elvira Brattico
  • Basel Abu-Jamous, Brunel Univ London, Brunel University, Dept Elect & Comp Engn
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  • Carlos S. Pereira, Aalto Univ, Aalto University, Sch Sci, AMI Ctr
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  • Thomas Jacobsen, Univ Fed Armed Forces Hamburg, Helmut Schmidt Univ, Expt Psychol Unit, Fac Humanities & Social Sci
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  • Asoke K. Nandi, Tongji Univ, Tongji University, Coll Elect & Informat Engn, Key Lab Embedded Syst & Serv Comp

People can experience different emotions when listening to music. A growing number of studies have investigated the brain structures and neural connectivities associated with perceived emotions. However, very little is known about the effect of an explicit act of judgment on the neural processing of emotionally-valenced music. In this study, we adopted the novel consensus clustering paradigm, called binarisation of consensus partition matrices (Bi-CoPaM), to study whether and how the conscious aesthetic evaluation of the music would modulate brain connectivity networks related to emotion and reward processing. Participants listened to music under three conditions - one involving a non-evaluative judgment, one involving an explicit evaluative aesthetic judgment, and one involving no judgment at all (passive listening only). During non-evaluative attentive listening we obtained auditory-limbic connectivity whereas when participants were asked to decide explicitly whether they liked or disliked the music excerpt, only two clusters of intercommunicating brain regions were found: one including areas related to auditory processing and action observation, and the other comprising higher-order structures involved with visual processing. Results indicate that explicit evaluative judgment has an impact on the neural auditory-limbic connectivity during affective processing of music.

Original languageEnglish
Article number611
JournalFrontiers in Human Neuroscience
Volume11
Number of pages13
ISSN1662-5161
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Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2017

    Research areas

  • consensus clustering, fMRI, functional connectivity, intentionality, music emotions, ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL INDEXES, FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY, PROCESSING SYMMETRY, AESTHETIC RESPONSES, BRAIN CONNECTIVITY, PREMOTOR CORTEX, MOTOR CORTEX, FMRI, EMOTION, NETWORK

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