Amygdala activity can be modulated by unexpected chord functions during music listening.

@article{Koelsch2008AmygdalaAC,
  title={Amygdala activity can be modulated by unexpected chord functions during music listening.},
  author={Stefan Koelsch and Thomas Fritz and Gottfried Schlaug},
  journal={Neuroreport},
  year={2008},
  volume={19 18},
  pages={1815-9}
}
Numerous earlier studies have investigated the cognitive processing of musical syntax with regular and irregular chord sequences. However, irregular sequences may also be perceived as unexpected, and therefore have a different emotional valence than regular sequences. We provide behavioral data showing that irregular chord functions presented in chord sequence paradigms are perceived as less pleasant than regular sequences. A reanalysis of functional MRI data showed increased blood oxygen level… CONTINUE READING

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