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Voice-selective areas in human auditory cortex
The human voice contains in its acoustic structure a wealth of information on the speaker's identity and emotional state which we perceive with remarkable ease and accuracy. Although the perceptionExpand
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Intensely pleasurable responses to music correlate with activity in brain regions implicated in reward and emotion
  • A. Blood, R. Zatorre
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 25 September 2001
We used positron emission tomography to study neural mechanisms underlying intensely pleasant emotional responses to music. Cerebral blood flow changes were measured in response to subject-selectedExpand
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Structure and function of auditory cortex: music and speech
We examine the evidence that speech and musical sounds exploit different acoustic cues: speech is highly dependent on rapidly changing broadband sounds, whereas tonal patterns tend to be slower,Expand
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Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music
Music, an abstract stimulus, can arouse feelings of euphoria and craving, similar to tangible rewards that involve the striatal dopaminergic system. Using the neurochemical specificity ofExpand
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Plasticity in gray and white: neuroimaging changes in brain structure during learning
Human brain imaging has identified structural changes in gray and white matter that occur with learning. However, ascribing imaging measures to underlying cellular and molecular events isExpand
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Lateralization of phonetic and pitch discrimination in speech processing.
Cerebral activation was measured with positron emission tomography in ten human volunteers. The primary auditory cortex showed increased activity in response to noise bursts, whereas acousticallyExpand
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Interhemispheric anatomical differences in human primary auditory cortex: probabilistic mapping and volume measurement from magnetic resonance scans.
The gyral morphology of the region of the primary auditory cortex (PAC) in the human brain is highly variable, and possible asymmetries between the hemispheres have been noted since the beginning ofExpand
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Emotional responses to pleasant and unpleasant music correlate with activity in paralimbic brain regions
Neural correlates of the often-powerful emotional responses to music are poorly understood. Here we used positron emission tomography to examine cerebral blood flow (CBF) changes related to affectiveExpand
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Changes in brain activity related to eating chocolate: from pleasure to aversion.
We performed successive H(2)(15)O-PET scans on volunteers as they ate chocolate to beyond satiety. Thus, the sensory stimulus and act (eating) were held constant while the reward value of theExpand
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Brain organization for music processing.
Research on how the brain processes music is emerging as a rich and stimulating area of investigation of perception, memory, emotion, and performance. Results emanating from both lesion studies andExpand
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