The Influence of Various Depressive States on the Emotional Evaluation of Short Musical Fragments in Humans

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Emotional evaluation of short musical fragments was compared for healthy people, patients with endogenous or neurotic depression, and opium addicts with affective disorders. Substantial differences in emotional preferences were observed between the healthy people and the patients. Moreover, emotional evaluations differed in the three groups of patients with different affective disorders. The cause of the difference in emotional evaluation was discussed, and the possibility of using the observed differences as a criterion of differential diagnostics was considered.

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