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Fakhr Tabatabaie A, Azadehfar M R, Mirian N, Noroozian M, Yoonessi A, Yoonessi A. Neural Correlates of Boredom in Music Perception. BCN 2014; 5 (4) :259-266
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1- Department of Music, Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2- Deportment of Music, Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran
3- Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
4- Memory and behavioral neurology department, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran, Iran 2) Memory and behavioral neurology department, Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran
5- McGill Vision Research, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
6- School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran 2) Brain Mapping Lab, Institute for Cognitive Science Studies, Tehran, Iran

Introduction: Music can elicit powerful emotional responses, the neural correlates of which have not been properly understood. An important aspect about the quality of any musical piece is its ability to elicit a sense of excitement in the listeners. In this study, we investigated the neural correlates of boredom evoked by music in human subjects.

Methods: We used EEG recording in nine subjects while they were listening to total number of 10 short-length (83 sec) musical pieces with various boredom indices. Subjects evaluated boringness of musical pieces while their EEG was recording.

Results: Using short time Fourier analysis, we found that beta2 rhythm was (16-20 Hz) significantly lower whenever the subjects rated the music as boring in comparison to nonboring.

Discussion: The results demonstrate that the music modulates neural activity of various partsof the brain and can be measured using EEG.

Type of Study: Original | Subject: Cognitive Neuroscience
Received: 2014/02/11 | Accepted: 2014/08/5 | Published: 2014/10/1

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