Researcher Valorie Salimpoor and colleague Mitchel Benovoy observe a volunteer as she listens to some of her favorite music
During each session, participants listened to either pleasurable or neutral music for 15 minutes before [11C]raclopride was injected, and continued to listen for an additional 60 minutes while PET frames were acquired
Using a combination brain scanning technologies, the study has shown that the same neurotransmitter that's associated with feeling pleasure from sex and food is released in the brain when listening to good music
"Music is unique in the sense that we can measure all reward phases in real-time, as it progresses from baseline neutral to anticipation to peak pleasure all during scanning," says lead investigator Salimpoor
We all know that certain pieces of music can evoke strong emotional responses in people. Now, a research team from Canada's McGill University has uncovered evidence that reveals exactly what causes such feelings of euphoria and ecstasy and why music is so important in human society. Using a combination of brain scanning technologies, the study has shown that the same neurotransmitter which is associated with feeling pleasure from sex and food is released in the brain when listening to good music.
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