Toward a neural chronometry for the aesthetic experience of music

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  • Elvira Brattico
  • Brigitte Bogert, Univ Jyvaskyla, University of Jyvaskyla, Dept Mus, Finnish Ctr Excellence Interdisciplinary Mus Res
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  • Thomas Jacobsen, Univ Fed Armed Forces Hamburg, Helmut Schmidt Univ, Expt Psychol Unit, Fac Humanities & Social Sci

Music is often studied as a cognitive domain alongside language. The emotional aspects of music have also been shown to be important, but views on their nature diverge. For instance, the specific emotions that music induces and how they relate to emotional expression are still under debate. Here we propose a mental and neural chronometry of the aesthetic experience of music initiated and mediated by external and internal contexts such as intentionality, background mood, attention, and expertise. The initial stages necessary for an aesthetic experience of music are feature analysis, integration across modalities, and cognitive processing on the basis of long-term knowledge. These stages are common to individuals belonging to the same musical culture. The initial emotional reactions to music include the startle reflex, core "liking," and arousal. Subsequently, discrete emotions are perceived and induced. Presumably somatomotor processes synchronizing the body with the music also come into play here. The subsequent stages, in which cognitive, affective, and decisional processes intermingle, require controlled cross-modal neural processes to result in aesthetic emotions, aesthetic judgments, and conscious liking. These latter aesthetic stages often require attention, intentionality, and expertise for their full actualization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number206
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume4
Number of pages21
ISSN1664-1078
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

    Research areas

  • music emotion, music cognition, liking, preference, appraisal, judgment, aesthetics, brain, AUDITORY-CORTEX, EMOTIONAL RESPONSES, MISMATCH NEGATIVITY, CONGENITAL AMUSIA, UNPLEASANT MUSIC, HUMAN BRAIN, FUNCTIONAL NEUROANATOMY, COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, SENSORY CONSONANCE, PREFRONTAL CORTEX

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