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  The roles of superficial amygdala and auditory cortex in music-evoked fear and joy

Koelsch, S., Skouras, S., Fritz, T., Herrera, P., Bonhage, C., Küssner, M. B., et al. (2013). The roles of superficial amygdala and auditory cortex in music-evoked fear and joy. NeuroImage, 81, 49-60. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.05.008.

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Koelsch, Stefan1, 2, 3, Author              
Skouras, Stavros1, 2, 3, Author
Fritz, Thomas4, Author              
Herrera, Perfecto5, Author
Bonhage, Corinna6, Author              
Küssner, Mats B.7, 8, Author
Jacobs, Arthur M.1, 3, Author
1Cluster Languages of Emotion, FU Berlin, Germany, ou_persistent22              
2University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
3Dahlem Institute for Neuroimaging of Emotion, FU Berlin, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, Leipzig, DE, ou_634549              
5University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, ou_persistent22              
6Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, Leipzig, DE, ou_634551              
7King's College London, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
8Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              


Free keywords: Emotion; Music; Fear; Joy; fMRI; Auditory cortex; Superficial amygdala
 Abstract: This study investigates neural correlates of music-evoked fear and joy with fMRI. Studies on neural correlates of music-evoked fear are scant, and there are only a few studies on neural correlates of joy in general. Eighteen individuals listened to excerpts of fear-evoking, joy-evoking, as well as neutral music and rated their own emotional state in terms of valence, arousal, fear, and joy. Results show that BOLD signal intensity increased during joy, and decreased during fear (compared to the neutral condition) in bilateral auditory cortex (AC) and bilateral superficial amygdala (SF). In the right primary somatosensory cortex (area 3b) BOLD signals increased during exposure to fear-evoking music. While emotion-specific activity in AC increased with increasing duration of each trial, SF responded phasically in the beginning of the stimulus, and then SF activity declined. Psychophysiological Interaction (PPI) analysis revealed extensive emotion-specific functional connectivity of AC with insula, cingulate cortex, as well as with visual, and parietal attentional structures. These findings show that the auditory cortex functions as a central hub of an affective-attentional network that is more extensive than previously believed. PPI analyses also showed functional connectivity of SF with AC during the joy condition, taken to reflect that SF is sensitive to social signals with positive valence. During fear music, SF showed functional connectivity with visual cortex and area 7 of the superior parietal lobule, taken to reflect increased visual alertness and an involuntary shift of attention during the perception of auditory signals of danger.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2013-05-022013-05-172013-11-01
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.05.008
PMID: 23684870
Other: Epub 2013
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Title: NeuroImage
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Orlando, FL : Academic Press
Pages: 12 Volume / Issue: 81 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 49 - 60 Identifier: ISSN: 1053-8119
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922650166