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Uncertainty and Surprise Jointly Predict Musical Pleasure and Amygdala, Hippocampus, and Auditory Cortex Activity
By: Cheung, Vincent K. M.; Harrison, Peter M. C.; ... Koelsch, Stefan
CURRENT BIOLOGY   Volume: 29   Issue: 23   Pages: 4084-   Published: DEC 2 2019

Heroic music stimulates empowering thoughts during mind-wandering
By: Koelsch, Stefan; Bashevkin, Tobias; Kristensen, Joakim; et al.
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 9     Article Number: 10317   Published: JUL 16 2019

The Effect of Emotional Valence on Ventricular Repolarization Dynamics Is Mediated by Heart Rate Variability: A Study of QT Variability and Music-Induced Emotions
By: Orini, Michele; Al-Amodi, Faez; Koelsch, Stefan; et al.
FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY   Volume: 10     Article Number: 1465   Published: NOV 29 2019

When the statistical MMN meets the physical MMN
By: Tsogli, Vera; Jentschke, Sebastian; Daikoku, Tatsuya; et al.
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 9     Article Number: 5563   Published: APR 3 2019

What Are Aesthetic Emotions?
By: Menninghaus, Winfried; Wagner, Valentin; Wassiliwizky, Eugen; ... Koelsch, Stefan
PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW   Volume: 126   Issue: 2   Pages: 171-195   Published: MAR 2019

HOT PAPER: Predictive Processes and the Peculiar Case of Music
By: Koelsch, Stefan; Vuust, Peter; Friston, Karl
TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES   Volume: 23   Issue: 1   Pages: 63-77   Published: JAN 2019

Neural Encoding of Auditory Features during Music Perception and Imagery
By: Martin, Stephanie; Mikutta, Christian; Leonard, Matthew K.; et al.
CEREBRAL CORTEX   Volume: 28   Issue: 12   Pages: 4222-4233   Published: DEC 2018

Identifying Emotional Specificity in Complex Large-Scale Brain Networks
By: Koelsch, Stefan
EMOTION REVIEW   Volume: 10   Issue: 3   Pages: 217-218   Published: JUL 2018

Investigating the Neural Encoding of Emotion with Music
By: Koelsch, Stefan
NEURON   Volume: 98   Issue: 6   Pages: 1075-1079   Published: JUN 27 2018

Hippocampal-Temporopolar Connectivity Contributes to Episodic Simulation During Social Cognition
By: Pehrs, Corinna; Zaki, Jamil; Taruffi, Liila; ... Koelsch, Stefan
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 8     Article Number: 9409   Published: JUN 20 2018

The right inferior frontal gyrus processes nested non-local dependencies in music
By: Cheung, Vincent K. M.; ... Koelsch, Stefan
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 8     Article Number: 3822   Published: FEB 28 2018

The auditory cortex hosts network nodes influential for emotion processing: An fMRI study on music-evoked fear and joy
By: Koelsch, Stefan; Skouras, Stavros; Lohmann, Gabriele
PLOS ONE   Volume: 13   Issue: 1     Article Number: e0190057   Published: JAN 31 2018

Effects of music therapy and music-based interventions in the treatment of substance use disorders: A systematic review

By: Hohmann, Louisa; Bradt, Joke; Stegemann, Thomas; Koelsch, Stefan
PLOS ONE   Volume: 12   Issue: 11     Article Number: e0187363   Published: NOV 15 2017

Language and music phrase boundary processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder: An ERP study
By: DePriest, John; Glushko, Anastasia; Steinhauer, Karsten; Koelsch, Stefan
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 7     Article Number: 14465   Published: OCT 31 2017

Effects of Sad and Happy Music on Mind-Wandering and the Default Mode Network
By: Taruffi, Liila; Pehrs, Corinna; Skouras, Stavros; ... Koelsch, Stefan
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 7     Article Number: 14396   Published: OCT 31 2017
The emotional power of poetry: neural circuitry, psychophysiology and compositional principles
By: Wassiliwizky, Eugen; Koelsch, Stefan; Wagner, Valentin; et al.
SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE   Volume: 12   Issue: 8   Pages: 1229-1240   Published: AUG 2017

HOT PAPER: The Distancing-Embracing model of the enjoyment of negative emotions in art reception
By: Menninghaus, Winfried; Wagner, Valentin; ... Koelsch, Stefan
BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES   Volume: 40     Article Number: e347   Published: 2017

HOT PAPER: The Temporal Pole Top-Down Modulates the Ventral Visual Stream During Social Cognition
By: Pehrs, Corinna; Zaki, Jamil; ... Koelsch, Stefan
CEREBRAL CORTEX   Volume: 27   Issue: 1   Pages: 777-792   Published: JAN 2017

Neurophysiological Correlates of Musical and Prosodic Phrasing: Shared Processing Mechanisms and Effects of Musical Expertise
By: Glushko, Anastasia; Steinhauer, Karsten; DePriest, John; ... Koelsch, Stefan
PLOS ONE   Volume: 11   Issue: 5     Article Number: e0155300   Published: MAY 18 2016

The impact of acute stress on hormones and cytokines, and how their recovery is affected by music-evoked positive mood
By: Koelsch, Stefan; Boehlig, Albrecht; Hohenadel, Maximilian; et al.
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 6     Article Number: 23008   Published: MAR 29 2016

Under the hood of statistical learning: A statistical MMN reflects the magnitude of transitional probabilities in auditory sequences
By: Koelsch, Stefan; Busch, Tobias; Jentschke, Sebastian; et al.
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 6     Article Number: 19741   Published: FEB 2 2016

Effects of veridical expectations on syntax processing in music: Event-related potential evidence
By: Guo, Shuang; Koelsch, Stefan
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS   Volume: 6     Article Number: 19064   Published: JAN 19 2016.

Music and the Heart
By: Koelsch, Stefan; Jaencke, Lutz
EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL   Volume: 36   Issue: 44   Special Issue: SI   Pages: 3043.

Effects of Aesthetic Chills on a Cardiac Signature of Emotionality
By: Sumpf, Maria; Jentschke, Sebastian; Koelsch, Stefan
PLOS ONE   Volume: 10   Issue: 6     Article Number: UNSP e0130117   Published: JUN 17 2015

Autonomic Effects of Music in Health and Crohn's Disease: The Impact of Isochronicity, Emotional Valence, and Tempo
By: Krabs, Roland Uwe; Enk, Ronny; ... Koelsch, Stefan
PLOS ONE   Volume: 10   Issue: 5     Article Number: UNSP e0126224   Published: MAY 8 2015

HOT PAPER: The quartet theory of human emotions: an integrative and neurofunctional model (Physics of life reviews, 2015). Download pdf HERE. Download pdf with comments as zip-file HERE.

Towards a general psychological model of tension and suspense (Frontiers in Psychology, 2015).

The effects of supervised learning on event-related potential correlates of music-syntactic processing (Brain Research, 2015).

Distinct brain signatures of content and structure violation during action observation (Neuropsychologia, 2015).

Music‐evoked emotions: principles, brain correlates, and implications for therapy (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2015). pdf HERE.

HOT PAPER: Brain-correlates of music-evoked emotions (Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2014). Download pdf HERE.

Functional centrality of amygdala, striatum and hypothalamus in a “small-world” network underlying joy: An fMRI study with music (Human Brain Mapping, 2014). pdf HERE.

Tension-related activity in the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala: an fMRI study with music (Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2014). pdf HERE.

Neural correlates of music-syntactic processing in two-year old children (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2014). pdf HERE.

The Paradox of Music-Evoked Sadness: An Online Survey (PLoS ONE, 2014).

How music alters a kiss: superior temporal gyrus controls fusiform-amygdalar effective connectivity (Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2014). pdf HERE.

Processing of hierarchical syntactic structure in music (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013). pdf HERE.

Music-evoked incidental happiness modulates probability weighting during risky lottery choices (Frontiers Psych, 2013)

Neural correlates of emotional personality: A structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging study (PLoS-ONE, 2013)

From social contact to social cohesion—the 7 Cs (Music and Medicine, 2013, click to download).

Syntax in a pianist's hand: ERP signatures of “embodied” syntax processing in music (Cortex, 2013)

From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally (PLoS-ONE, 2013)

fMRI scanner noise interaction with affective neural processes (PLoS-ONE, 2013)

The roles of superficial amygdala and auditory cortex in music-evoked fear and joy (NeuroImage, 2013, click to download

How emotional abilities modulate the influence of early life stress on hippocampal functioning  (Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 2014)

Music in depression: Neural correlates of emotional experience in remitted depression (World Journal of Psychiatry, 2013)

The influence of different structural features on felt musical tension in two piano pieces by Mozart and Mendelssohn (Music Perception, 2013)

Brain & Music (Wiley, 2012) 
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Cardiac Signatures of Personality (PLoS-ONE, 2012)

Electrophysiological correlates of verbal and tonal working memory (Brain Research, 2012)

Auditory Stroop and absolute pitch: An fMRI study (Human Brain Mapping, 2012)

Predictive information processing in music cognition. A critical review (Int J Psychophys, 2012)

Neuroarchitecture of Verbal and Tonal Working Memory in Non-Musicians and Musicians (Human Brain Mapping, 2011)

Towards a neural basis of processing musical semantics (Physics of Life Reviews, 2011)

Towards a neural basis of music perception – a review and updated model (Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 2011

Affective Priming Effects of Musical Sounds on the Processing of Word Meaning (J Cog Neurosci, 2011)

Can out-of-context musical sounds convey meaning? An ERP study on the processing of meaning in music (Psychophysiology, 2011)

Shadows of music–language interaction on low frequency brain oscillatory patterns (Brain & Language, 2011)

Effects of music listening on cortisol levels and propofol consumption during spinal anesthesia (Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 2011, click to download)

Effects of Selective Attention on Syntax Processing in Music and Language (J Cog Neurosci, 2011

Neural correlates of strategy use during auditory working memory in musicians and non-musicians (European Journal of Neuroscience, 2011)

Are left fronto-temporal brain areas a prerequisite for normal music-syntactic processing?  (Cortex, 2011

Towards a neural basis of music-evoked emotions (Trends Cog Sci, 2010)

Processing Expectancy Violations during Music Performance and Perception: An ERP Study (J Cog Neurosci, 2010)

Differences in Electric Brain Responses to Melodies and Chords (J Cog Neurosci, 2010)

Functional specializations for music processing in the human newborn brain (Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 2010)

A method for continuously assessing the autonomic response to music-induced emotions through HRV analysis (Med Biol Eng Comput, 2010)

Music in the treatment of affective disorders: An exploratory investigation of a new method for music-therapeutic research (Music Perception, 2010)

Spatial selective attention in a complex auditory environment such as polyphonic music (JASA, 2010) Click HERE for sound example

Impulsive aggressiveness of pregnant women affects the development of the fetal heart (Int J Psychophys, 2009)

Universal Recognition of Three Basic Emotions in Music (Current Biology, 2009) Download Supplementary Information

Musical training modulates the development of syntax processing in children
(NeuroImage, 2009)
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P3a and Mismatch negativity in individuals with moderate Intermittent Explosive Disorder
(Neurosciene Letters, 2009)

Nobody Is Perfect: ERP Effects Prior to Performance Errors in Musicians Indicate Fast Monitoring Processes (PLoS-ONE, 2009)

Understanding the Intentions Behind Man-Made Products Elicits Neural Activity in Areas Dedicated to Mental State Attribution (Cerebral Cortex, 2009)

Functional Architecture of Verbal and Tonal Working Memory (Human Brain Mapping, 2009) 
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Amygdala activity can be modulated by unexpected chord functions during music listening (NeuroReport, 2008)
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Music-syntactic Processing and Auditory Memory – Similarities and Differences between ERAN and MMN (Psychophysiology, 2009)
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Overlap of Musical and Linguistic Syntax Processing: Intracranial ERP Evidence (Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 2009)
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Decrease in early right alpha band phase synchronization and late gamma band oscillations during music-syntactic processing (Human Brain Mapping, 2009)
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A Neuroscientific Perspective on Music Therapy (Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 2009)
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Effects of unexpected chords and of performer's expression on brain responses and electrodermal activity (PLoS-ONE, 2008)
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Children with Specific Language Impairment also show impairment of music-syntactic processing (Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2008)
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Comparing the processing of music and language meaning using EEG and fMRI (PLoS-ONE, 2008)
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EEG correlates of moderate Intermittent Explosive Disorder (mIED) (Clinical Neurophysiology, 2008)
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A Cardiac Signature of Emotionality (European Journal of Neuroscience, 2007)
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Short-term effects of processing musical syntax (Brain Research, 2008) 
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Shared Neural Resources between Music and Language Indicate Semantic Processing of Musical Tension-Resolution Patterns (Cerebral Cortex , 2008)
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Cognitive components of regularity processing in the auditory domain (PLoS-ONE, 2008)
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Electrophysiological correlates of pleasantness and unpleasantness (Psychophysiology, 2007)
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Untangling syntactic and sensory processing: An ERP study of music perception (Psychophysiology, 2007)
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Investigating Emotion with Music: An fMRI study (Human Brain Mapping, 2006)
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Ann. N.Y. Acad. of Sci. 1060, 2006: Musical training enhances verbal skills in children

Clinical Neurophysiology (2006): Auditory processing during propofol sedation and recovery
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NeuroImage 31, 2006: Cognitive priming in sung and instrumental music: Activation of inferior frontal cortex

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2006): Processing of Musical Syntax: An ERP Study

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2006): The role of harmonic expectancy violations in musical emotions
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      short version here: Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci.(2006): Emotional Processing of Harmonic Expectancy Violations

Cortex 42(4) 2006, p.518-520: Broca's Area and Ventral Premotor Cortex for Music-syntactic Processing 

Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1060, 2006: Investigating Emotion with Music - Neuroscientific Approaches

Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology 18, 2005: The effects of anesthetics on brain activity and cognitive function

Trends in Cognitive Sciences 9 (12), 2005: Towards a neural basis of music perception    

Pitch discrimination accuracy in musicians vs nonmusicians: an event-related potential and behavioral study (Experimental Brain Research, 2005)

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 17, 2005: Interaction between syntax processing in language and in music
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Current Opinion in Neurobiology 15, 2005: Neural substrates of processing syntax and semantics in music
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    see also: Cortex (in press): Significance of Broca's area and ventral premotor cortex for music-syntactic processing

NeuroImage 25, 2005: Adults and children processing music: An fMRI-study
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Anesthesiology 100, 2004: Sequential Effects of Increasing Propofol Sedation ...

Clinical Neurophysiology 115, 2004: Music perception in cochlear implant users

Nature Neuroscience 7(3), 2004: Music, Language and Meaning: Brain Signatures of Semantic Processing
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Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 15(8), 2003: Processing of Tonal Modulations

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 15(5), 2003: Children Processing Music ...

NeuroReport 14(5), 2003: Gender Differences in Music Processing

Psychophysiology 39, 2002, 657-663: Effects of musical expertise on the ERAN...

Clinical Neurophysiology 113, 2002: Electric brain responses to inappropriate harmonies during listening to expressive music

NeuroImage, 17, 2002, Bach speaks: A cortical language network serves the processing of music

Psychophysiology 39, 2002, 38-48: Music matters: Pre-attentive musicality ...
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Nature Neuroscience 4(5), 2001: Musical syntax is processed in Broca's area

NeuroReport 12(7), 2001: Differentiating ERAN and MMN: An ERP-study 
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Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 12(3), 2000: Brain indices of music processing - nonmusicians are musical
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NeuroReport 10(6), 1999: Superior pre-attentive auditory processing in musicians 
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