Tension, craving, and implicit musical learning: A model of reward and salience network involvement

Almost everyone enjoys listening to music, but how does music listening—perceived as an integrated and whole stimulus despite many constituent parts—lead to a reward response in the brain? Drawing from work on cognitive processes implicated in addiction, we are looking at the role of music-induced craving in musical enjoyment, in the context of the ‘drop’ in electronic dance music. Understanding potentially shared mechanisms between rewarding responses to music and addiction can inform the use of music to satiate craving for individuals with eating and/or substance use disorders.


Enquiries:  Kristian Holth (kristian.holth@unimelb.edu.au)


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