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Enhanced response to music in pregnancy.
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PMID:  24835575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Given a possible effect of estrogen on the pleasure-mediating dopaminergic system, musical appreciation in participants whose estrogen levels are naturally elevated during the oral contraceptive cycle and pregnancy has been investigated (n = 32, 15 pregnant, 17 nonpregnant; mean age 27.2). Results show more pronounced blood pressure responses to music in pregnant women. However, estrogen level differences during different phases of oral contraceptive intake did not have any effect, indicating that the observed changes were not related to estrogen. Effects of music on blood pressure were independent of valence, and dissonance elicited the greatest drop in blood pressure. Thus, the enhanced physiological response in pregnant women probably does not reflect a protective mechanism to avoid unpleasantness. Instead, this enhanced response is discussed in terms of a facilitation of prenatal conditioning to acoustical (musical) stimuli.
Thomas Hans Fritz; Marian Ciupek; Ambika Kirkland; Klas Ihme; Anika Guha; Jana Hoyer; Arno Villringer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-5-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychophysiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1540-5958     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychophysiology     Publication Date:  2014 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-5-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0142657     Medline TA:  Psychophysiology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Society for Psychophysiological Research.
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