What is it about?

This meta-analysis aims to investigate how music listening engages brain networks supporting different cognitive functions.

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Why is it important?

Previous behavioral studies show that music listening enhances attention and working memory in both healthy and clinical populations. However, how music listening engages brain functional networks remains elusive due to inconsistent results from previous findings.


Music listening leads to an increase of activation in ventral attention, somatomotor, default, dorsal attention, frontoparietal and limbic networks. This study provides evidence that music listening can help regulate the disordered brain network organization in people with neurological disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Yvonne Han
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: The functional brain networks activated by music listening: A neuroimaging meta-analysis and implications for treatment., Neuropsychology, January 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/neu0000777.
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