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Tunes stuck in your brain: the frequency and affective evaluation of involuntary musical imagery correlate with cortical structure.

Farrugia, N; Jakubowski, Kelly; Cusack, Rhodri and Stewart, Lauren. 2015. Tunes stuck in your brain: the frequency and affective evaluation of involuntary musical imagery correlate with cortical structure. Consciousness and Cognition, 35, pp. 66-77. ISSN 1053-8100 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Recent years have seen a growing interest in the neuroscience of spontaneous cognition. One form of such cognition is involuntary musical imagery (INMI), the non-pathological and everyday experience of having music in one’s head, in the absence of an external stimulus. In this study, aspects of INMI, including frequency and affective evaluation, were measured by self-report in 44 subjects and related to variation in brain structure in these individuals. Frequency of INMI was related to cortical thickness in regions of right frontal and temporal cortices as well as the anterior cingulate and left angular gyrus. Affective aspects of INMI, namely the extent to which subjects wished to suppress INMI or considered them helpful, were related to gray matter volume in right temporopolar and parahippocampal cortices respectively. These results provide the first evidence that INMI is a common internal experience recruiting brain networks involved in perception, emotions, memory and spontaneous thoughts.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2015.04.020

Additional Information:

This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Keywords:

Music; Imagery; Involuntary; Cortical thickness; Voxel-based morphometry

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
15 May 2015Published Online

Item ID:

17662

Date Deposited:

14 Apr 2016 09:13

Last Modified:

24 Jun 2019 11:40

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/17662

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