Electroencephalographic dynamics of musical emotion perception revealed by independent spectral components

Yuan Pin Lin, Jeng Ren Duann, Jyh Horng Chen, Tzyy Ping Jung

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This study explores the electroencephalographic (EEG) correlates of emotional experience during music listening. Independent component analysis and analysis of variance were used to separate statistically independent spectral changes of the EEG in response to music-induced emotional processes. An independent brain process with equivalent dipole located in the fronto-central region exhibited distinct δ-band and θ-band power changes associated with self-reported emotional states. Specifically, the emotional valence was associated with δ-power decreases and θ-power increases in the frontal-central area, whereas the emotional arousal was accompanied by increases in both δ and θ powers. The resultant emotion-related component activations that were less interfered by the activities from other brain processes complement previous EEG studies of emotion perception to music.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-415
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010


  • Electroencephalography
  • Emotion
  • Independent component analysis


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