Originally Posted by ambesolman
I'd imagine it'd be similar to other functional MRI patients who were exposed to stimuli that they considered pleasurable, i.e. More activity in that region of the brain.
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As someone who studies psychology, I can say that that is most likely the case (as a non-professional of course). It should be no different for someone who loves metal to listen to metal than for someone who loves jazz to listen to jazz (provided both people love the particular song that is playing), in that they both find it pleasurable. There's probably a good dopamine release when the metal comes on (as there should be).
As far as what each person is thinking about when that person listens to metal (or their favorite type of music) would probably vary widely from person to person. That would be the real difference, as different brain regions would be activated depending on what they were thinking about. Whether that can be generalized for metal vs. jazz vs. other genres would be an interesting study. Sign me up.
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