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Front Psychol. 2017 Apr 3;8:501. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00501. eCollection 2017.

Review on Neural Correlates of Emotion Regulation and Music: Implications for Emotion Dysregulation.

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Center for Educational Neuroscience, School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal UniversityShanghai, China.
Department of Radiology, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison, WI, USA.
Music Conservatory of HarbinHarbin, China.
Center for Higher Brain Functions and Institute for Brain Disorders, Capital Medical UniversityBeijing, China.
School of Education and Public Administration, Suzhou University of Science and TechnologySuzhou, China.
Department of Psychology, Shihezi UniversityShihezi, China.
Department of Psychology, The Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH, USA.


Previous studies have examined the neural correlates of emotion regulation and the neural changes that are evoked by music exposure. However, the link between music and emotion regulation is poorly understood. The objectives of this review are to (1) synthesize what is known about the neural correlates of emotion regulation and music-evoked emotions, and (2) consider the possibility of therapeutic effects of music on emotion dysregulation. Music-evoked emotions can modulate activities in both cortical and subcortical systems, and across cortical-subcortical networks. Functions within these networks are integral to generation and regulation of emotions. Since dysfunction in these networks are observed in numerous psychiatric disorders, a better understanding of neural correlates of music exposure may lead to more systematic and effective use of music therapy in emotion dysregulation.


emotion; emotion dysregulation; emotion regulation; music

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