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Towards a neural basis of music-evoked emotion

Music is capable of evoking exceptionally strong emotions and of reliably affecting the mood of individuals. Functional neuroimaging and lesion studies show that music-evoked emotions can modulate activity in virtually all limbic and paralimbic brain structures. These structures are crucially involved in the initiation, generation, … Continue reading

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How we see others’ emotions depends on our pre-conceived beliefs

How we see emotions on another person’s face depends on our pre-conceived views of how we understand these emotions, researchers at NYU have found. In a series of experiments, subjects were assessed in how similarly they held different pairs of … Continue reading

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How the brain processes emotions

Some mental illnesses may stem, in part, from the brain’s inability to correctly assign emotional associations to events. For example, people who are depressed often do not feel happy even when experiencing something that they normally enjoy. A new study … Continue reading

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Emoticons in mind

It is now common practice, in digital communication, to use the character combination “:-)”, known as an emoticon, to indicate a smiling face. Although emoticons are readily interpreted as smiling faces, it is unclear whether emoticons trigger face-specific mechanisms or … Continue reading

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Meditation may Improve Emotional Processing

Meditation may produce lasting improvements in the area of the brain responsible for processing emotions, new research suggests. A cohort study of 51 adults showed, through the use of imaging scans, that those who underwent 8 weeks of mindful attention training … Continue reading

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The Future of Musical Emotions

Basic Emotion Theory proper (BET) has only recently begun to make an appearance in musical research.  However, much theory and research in music psychology have been driven by a more general assumption that musical emotions should be investigated in terms … Continue reading

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Coronary Heart Disease and Emotional Intelligence

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is associated with emotions, especially negative ones, namely anxiety and depression. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a psychological model that consists of a variety of emotional skills. The aim of the present study was to examine the … Continue reading

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The Ability to Regulate Emotion is Associated with Greater Well-Being, Income, and Socioeconomic Status

Are people who are best able to implement strategies to regulate their emotional expressive behavior happier and more successful than their counterparts? Although past research has examined individual variation in knowledge of the most effective emotion regulation strategies, little is … Continue reading

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The Power of Expectation can restrain Hyper-Emotional Memories in the Brain

The creaking of an opening gate followed by a dog attack can disturb otherwise pleasant evening walks. The sound of that gate opening on subsequent walks will elicit an emotional response, and the power of this response will be different … Continue reading

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The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration

The idea that a specific brain circuit constitutes the emotional brain (and its corollary, that cognition resides elsewhere) shaped thinking about emotion and the brain for many years. Recent behavioral, neuropsychological, neuroanatomy, and neuroimaging research, however, suggests that emotion interacts … Continue reading

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