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What music triggers YOUR brain’s emotional center?

There is no question that music affects us emotionally.  Most of us listen to music for at least some amount of time every day because it makes us feel good.  When we go to a movie, we may or may not be aware of the soundtrack, but it is there to heighten the emotional impact of the film.  We choose particular music to listen to when we want to cheer ourselves up, and different music when we want to calm ourselves down.  Researchers in the fields of neuroscience, biology, psychology, anthropology, and sociology have all studied various aspects of music and emotion. Continue reading