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Performance of music elevates pain threshold and positive affect: implications for the evolutionary function of music.

Abstract:

It is well known that music arouses emotional responses. In addition, it has long been thought to play an important role in creating a sense of community, especially in small scale societies. One mechanism by which it might do this is through the endorphin system, and there is evidence to support this claim. Using pain threshold as an assay for CNS endorphin release, we ask whether it is the auditory perception of music that triggers this effect or the active performance of music. We show tha...

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Journal:
Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior
Volume:
10
Issue:
4
Pages:
688-702
Publication date:
2012-01-01
EISSN:
1474-7049
ISSN:
1474-7049
URN:
uuid:2681a1ee-c70f-477b-a92f-4cc10d6507df
Source identifiers:
380010
Local pid:
pubs:380010

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