Conclusions

Though we have a decent understanding of the general regions of the brain involved in emotional responses to music, we have only touched the tip of the iceberg. There is a fairly large body of experimental information available on the topic. On top of this, there is still a huge amount of work to be done before we can say much else conclusively. Through knowledge of emotional responding to music in the brain, we can learn quite a bit more about how the human brain functions. Research on emotional responses to music can also have powerful implications for the future of music therapy and how it can be used to treat either acute or chronic neurological and psychological disorders.