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Neural intrinsic functional connectivity associated with sensation seeking in heavy metal music and classical music lovers

Sun, Yana,b; Zhang, Congconga,b; Duan, Shuxiaa,b; Du, Xiaoxiac; Calhoun, Vince D.d,e

doi: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000000883

The aim of this study was to investigate the spontaneous neural activity and functional connectivity in heavy metal music lovers (HMML) and classical music lovers (CML) as well as the neural correlates of sensation seeking in two groups. Thrity-six HMML and 30 CML underwent resting-state functional MRI scans. Fractional amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations and seed-based resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) were computed to explore regional activity and functional integration. A voxel-wise two-sample t-test was used to test the differences between the two groups and a whole-brain correlation analysis was carried out to explore RSFCs that were related to sensation seeking scores in HMML and CML separately. Compared with CML, HMML showed lower fractional amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations in the right gyrus rectus and lower RSFC between the right gyrus rectus and the right precuneus. Correlation results indicate that preferences for heavy metal music and classical music were associated with the relationship between RSFC and sensation seeking. These findings may suggest the neural correlates of sensation seeking were related to music preference (heavy metal music vs. classical music).

aSchool of Psychology, Liaoning Normal University

bLiaoning Collaborative Innovation Center of Children and Adolescents Healthy Personality Assessment and Cultivation, Liaoning

cShanghai Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance, Department of Physics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

dMind Research Network

eDepartment of Psychiatry and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Correspondence to Yan Sun, PhD, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, 116029 Liaoning Province, China Tel: +86 139 4090 0485; e-mail:

Received June 23, 2017

Accepted August 1, 2017

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