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Research Project: Psychophysiological and neurological correlates of chilling music

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Psychophysiological and neurological correlates of chilling music

  Research Project Information
Runtime: Jan 03, 2008 until Dec 30, 2009
Scientific staff: Jeremy Cooperstock; Robert Zatorre

We combined expertise in biosignals analysis with fMRI imaging to carry out a study involving the characterization of intensely pleasurable feelings induced by music, described as similar to those of extremely rewarding stimuli. This work included characterizing the body's physiological reactions to intensely pleasurable music; examining whether the reward areas of the brain are activated in response to pleasurable music; and finally, determining whether music, in itself, can lead to a release of potent rewarding neurochemicals despite the absence of an external basis for such release.