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Music-Induced Emotions Can Be Predicted From Brain Scans

Published in Artificial Intelligence, Tech News.

Music-Induced Emotions Can Be Predicted From Brain Scans

Summary: Based on the activity in the auditory cortex and motor cortex, researchers were able to predict whether a participant was listening to music that was upbeat or sad.

Source: University of Turku

Researchers at the University of Turku have discovered what type of neural mechanisms are the basis for emotional responses to music. Altogether 102 research subjects listened to music that evokes emotions while their brain function was scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study was carried out in the national PET Centre.

The researchers used a machine learning algorithm to map which brain regions are activated when the different music-induced emotions are separated from each other.