Dopamine and epistemic curiosity in music listening

Cogn Neurosci. 2015;6(4):222-4. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2015.1051013. Epub 2015 Jun 14.


Elucidating the cognitive, affective, and reward processes that take place during music listening is the aim of a growing number of researchers. Several authors have used the Bayesian brain framework and existing models of reward to interpret neural activity observed during musical listening. The claims from Friston and colleagues regarding the role of dopamine, as well as the demonstration that salience-seeking behavior naturally emerges from minimizing free energy, will be of potential interest to those seeking to understand the general principles underlying our motivation to hear music.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior / physiology*
  • Decision Making / physiology*
  • Humans