When tension is exciting: an EEG exploration of excitement in music

@article{Turrell2019WhenTI,
  title={When tension is exciting: an EEG exploration of excitement in music},
  author={Amelia Skye Turrell and Andrea R. Halpern and Amir-Homayoun Javadi},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2019}
}
Music powerfully affects people’s emotions. In particular, moments of tension and deviation in musical features, including frequency, pitch, and rhythm (known as a Drop), are associated with positive emotions. However, the neuro-correlates of Drops emotive effects have never been explored. Thirty-six participants listened to music pieces containing a Drop, while undergoing continuous EEG, and rated felt excitement. Source reconstruction of EEG data showed significantly different activity in… 
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