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24-04-2012, 02:41 PM
Music seems to tap directly into my emotions
I wonder...
does any of you have the same feeling...
Does anyone has some serious scientific explanation for it?

It is said that even animals seem to like music. Hello Darwin?

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24-04-2012, 02:48 PM
RE: Music seems to tap directly into my emotions
(24-04-2012 02:41 PM)Observer Wrote:  I wonder...
does any of you have the same feeling...
Does anyone has some serious scientific explanation for it?

It is said that even animals seem to like music. Hello Darwin?
You're not crying over a Celine Dion album are you?

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24-04-2012, 03:03 PM
RE: Music seems to tap directly into my emotions
(24-04-2012 02:48 PM)germanyt Wrote:  
(24-04-2012 02:41 PM)Observer Wrote:  I wonder...
does any of you have the same feeling...
Does anyone has some serious scientific explanation for it?

It is said that even animals seem to like music. Hello Darwin?
You're not crying over a Celine Dion album are you?
Damn Germanyt
You exposed my embarrassing secret.
Unsure

Hahah
no...
In a fit of melancholy I came across this...




Now I'm sobbing
I heard friends of mine confess something alike when hearing a certain piano-melody.

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24-04-2012, 03:05 PM
RE: Music seems to tap directly into my emotions
I have certain songs that when I hear them they trigger what I would call and emotional response. Some happy, some sad. Nutshell by Alice in Chains always seems to put me in a meditative state.

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24-04-2012, 03:27 PM
RE: Music seems to tap directly into my emotions
Nothing a good cord progression can't mess with. Your emotions I mean.




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24-04-2012, 03:32 PM
RE: Music seems to tap directly into my emotions
I understand but WHY?

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24-04-2012, 03:38 PM
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We have built in meaning to different sounds in our brains, the sound of birds singing and our mother's voice means security, screams mean fear, silence mean expectation and so on. So sounds are like a natural language, music uses sound in different ways and that trigger different reactions in our minds, add to that the cultural modifications through thousands of years and then we have even more meanings to add to the natural ones, then we end up sobbing with a nice melody or getting scared with the music in a scary movie or get crazy with some rock song Big Grin

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24-04-2012, 07:18 PM
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Music is one of the most important things in my life. Some music definitely evokes an emotional response. I think this may be why some churches use it.

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24-04-2012, 07:32 PM
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24-04-2012, 09:55 PM (This post was last modified: 24-04-2012 09:58 PM by Debzilla.)
RE: Music seems to tap directly into my emotions
Really interesting question. I liked the info in elemts' links above.
Went to pubmed to see what I could find, and what I came away with is that it is quite complex and certainly not fully understood. The processing of music is very much tied into the limbic (emotional) system of the brain, memory centers, as well as the reward center. Functional studies have shown the different areas of the brain that light up with liked vs. disliked music, and that we respond more to familiar music than to unfamiliar (probably why I love dance/club music, and just cant stand country given that I grew up outside NYC - no offense to folks that love their Willy Nelson). One article featured a person who had neurodegeneration of the brain, and could no longer describe music, but still had the emotional response. On top of all that, many of us (myself included) allow ourselves to really "experience" the music, and reinforce all those positive and intricate pathways.
Definitely highlights the complexity of our cognitive response to music.


Koelsch S, Fritz T, V Cramon DY, Müller K, Friederici AD. Investigating emotion with music: an fMRI study. Source Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and
Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.

Pereira CS, Teixeira J, Figueiredo P, Xavier J, Castro SL,
Brattico E. Music and emotions in the brain: familiarity matters. Source:
Institute for Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar
(ICBAS),

Trost W, Ethofer T, Zentner M, Vuilleumier P. Mapping Aesthetic Musical Emotions in the Brain.Source:
Laboratory of Behavioral Neurology and Imaging
of Cognition, Department of Neuroscience, Medical School, University of Geneva,
1211 Geneva, Switzerland


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