The neuroaesthetics of music: A research agenda coming of age

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The present chapter offers an overview on the state-of-the-art research under the agenda of the neuroaesthetics of music. This research agenda, inspired by the neuroaesthetics of visual art, represents a paradigm shift from neuroimaging studies focused exclusively on music perception, cognition and emotion to studies that consider aesthetic responses such as liking, preference, and aesthetic judgments. The existing models depicting information processing stages of the musical aesthetic experiences and their loci in the brain are summarized. The latest findings point at a synergy between neural systems, and particularly between superior temporal gyrus and limbic reward areas for issuing aesthetic responses to music. Future challenges for the field are the discovery of the neural mechanisms of inter-subject communication during musical performance leading to an efficacious aesthetic experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Music and the Brain
EditorsMichael Thaut, Donald Hodges
Number of pages38
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication dateJul 2019
ISBN (Print)9780198804123
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


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