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Neuroreport. 2017 Sep 18. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000000883. [Epub ahead of print]

Altered resting-state functional connectivity of default-mode network and sensorimotor network in heavy metal music lovers.

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aSchool of Psychology, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian bLiaoning Collaborative Innovation Center of Children and Adolescents Healthy Personality Assessment and Cultivation, Liaoning cDepartment of Physics, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China dMind Research Network eDepartment of Psychiatry fElectrical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


The aim of this study was to investigate the spontaneous neural activity and functional connectivity (FC) in heavy metal music lovers (HMML) compared with classical music lovers (CML) during resting state. Forty HMML and 31 CML underwent resting-state functional MRI scans. Fractional amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (fALFF) and seed-based resting-state FC were computed to explore regional activity and functional integration. A voxel-based two-sample t-test was used to test the differences between the two groups. Compared with CML, HMML showed functional alterations: higher fALFF in the right precentral gyrus, the bilateral paracentral lobule, and the left middle occipital gyrus, lower fALFF in the left medial superior frontal gyrus, an altered FC in the default-mode network, lower connectivity between the right precentral gyrus and the left cerebellum-6 and the right cerebellum-3, and an altered FC between the left paracentral lobule and the sensorimotor network, lower in the right paracentral lobule and the right inferior temporal gyrus FC. The results may partly explain the disorders of behavioral and emotional cognition in HMML compared with CML and are consistent with our predictions. These findings may help provide a basic understanding of the potential neural mechanism of HMML.

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