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Electrical Brain Responses to Descriptive versus Evaluative Judgments of Music


Address for correspondence: E. Brattico, Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Department of Psychology, P.O. Box 9, University of Helsinki FIN-00014, Finland. Voice: +358-9-191-29457; fax: +358-9-191-29450.


Abstract: The present study was aimed at finding neural correlates of aesthetic versus descriptive listening of the same musical cadences. Results showed that aesthetic listening generated greater right frontocentral negativities than did descriptive listening, indicating distinct cortical mechanisms for aesthetic versus descriptive processing of music.