Emotion processing of major, minor, and dissonant chords: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study.

Karen Johanne Pallesen, Elvira Brattico, Christopher Bailey, Antti Korvenoja, Juha Koivisto, Albert Gjedde, Synnöve Carlson

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Abstract

Musicians and nonmusicians listened to major, minor, and dissonant musical chords while their BOLD brain responses were registered with functional magnetic resonance imaging. In both groups of listeners, minor and dissonant chords, compared with major chords, elicited enhanced responses in several brain areas, including the amygdala, retrosplenial cortex, brain stem, and cerebellum, during passive listening but not during memorization of the chords. The results indicate that (1) neural processing in emotion-related brain areas is activated even by single chords, (2) emotion processing is enhanced in the absence of cognitive requirements, and (3) musicians and nonmusicians do not differ in their neural responses to single musical chords during passive listening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-453
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1060
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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Pallesen, K. J., Brattico, E., Bailey, C., Korvenoja, A., Koivisto, J., Gjedde, A., & Carlson, S. (2005). Emotion processing of major, minor, and dissonant chords: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1060, 450-453. https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1360.047