Letter to Editor
Brain Responses to Positive and Negative Messages in Song Lyrics
Eric B Miller* and Rieko Eguchi
Montclair State University, David Ott Lab for Music and Health, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Eric B Miller
Montclair State University,
David Ott Lab for Music and Health, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 07, 2016; Accepted date: March 22, 2016; Published date: March 24, 2016
Citation: Miller EB, Eguchi R (2016) Brain Responses to Positive and Negative Messages in Song Lyrics. J Biomusic Eng 3:114. doi:10.4172/2090-2719.1000114
Copyright: © 2016 Miller EB, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This single-subject pilot study investigated how the brain would react while listening to different combinations of major/minor sound and happy/sad lyrics. EEG was recorded across various combinations of musical mode and song lyric messages. Theta/Beta ratio did not decrease significantly at any site while listening to a positive message in minor key, the subject’s reported favorite condition. During negative lyrics in minor key, however, Theta/Beta decreased at T3 (p=0.048), at Pz (p=0.039), at Cz (p=0.050), at P3 (p=0.033), and at C3 (p=0.028). Hyper-connectivity was seen for the Delta, Theta and Alpha bands during positive lyrics in a minor key, compared with the hypo-connectivity for negative lyrics in a minor key at T3 seen for Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and High Beta.