Do you ever get goose bumps from excitement when you listen to certain songs?
Well…a Harvard graduate spent some time researching people that do by examining 20 students, 10 of which admitted to experiencing this feeling in relation to music and 10 that didn’t. He then took brain scans of all of them all and discovered that those that had managed to make the emotional and physical attachment to music actually have different brain structures than those that don’t.
The research showed that they tended to have a denser volume of fibers that connect their auditory cortex and areas that process emotions, meaning the two can communicate better.
His findings have been published by Neuroscience as saying:
This means if you do get chills from music you are more likely to have stronger and more intense emotions.
Plus these sensations can also be associated with memories linked to a certain song, which cannot be controlled in a laboratory setting.
Although the study was only small in size he is currently conducting further research which will look at the brains activity when listening to songs that register certain reactions.
By doing so he hopes to learn what neurologically causes these reactions and could actually tap into treatment for psychological disorders.