Music, the driving force of our emotional wellbeing. Music has long been used as therapy in treating many psychological disorders. To humans, music has the ability to change mood swings and retrieve lost happiness.

But, what about the tingles you get when you hear your favorite song? If you are one of those people who has experienced goosebumps while listening to music, you can consider yourself lucky.

According to studies, people who respond to music in such a physical manner might have a different biological structure than the rest.

Music, a Cure to the Soul

A recent study in the field was conducted by a student at the University of California. The student inspected how the brain results in musical stimulation. The study included 20 students, divided into two groups. The study concluded that half of the student experienced goosebumps when listening to music, while the other half didn’t.

The 10 students who responded to the music by getting the chills agreed to have their brain scanned for the study. The results of the scans showed that the responsive group of students had more neural associations between the auditory and prefrontal cortex. The first is related to the emotional side in humans, whereas the prefrontal cortex is related to our cognitive abilities.

Which Music Causes the Most Goose Bumps?

In the words of William Halimou, an undergraduate student at Oberin College:

‘Music-induced chills are a form of frisson in that they consist of involuntary shivers and tingles down the back and arms (sometimes even other areas) and goosebumps, accompanied by positive feelings. These chills have been appropriately called “goosetingles” by some.’

In terms of particular songs which can lead to chills, he states,

‘From my research so far, it seems that chill-inducing music is very personal, and varies across individuals.’

More Studies on How Music Affects the Brain

Another study in the field, explains that the music volume and melodies can trigger the brain to relax. What is more, the intensity of the music itself is the thing that causes chills in the first places.

‘While chill-inducing music is largely personal, there may be some general music features that more commonly evoke chills,’ the study found.

The study further examined how evolution and music have come to grow so connected to each other. Also proving this is a study by JaakPanksepp and Gunther Bernatzky, who found that some brain areas work as healers to the mind once music is detected. The chills which occur when listening to music were the same chills which the brain releases when we are emotionally engaged by something.

Another possible link between our brains and having chills is the social life we lead, and the experiences we go through. The study even compares these goosebumps to instant responses of the body once emotional (di) stress occurs. However, this phenomenon is not common in most people. Therefore, those who respond to music with goosebumps may have an entirely different perception of music and life.

Turn that volume up, and let the music take care of the rest!


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