What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills?

9515186675_02a9ad5fed_k.jpg__800x600_q85_cropThe brains of people who get chills when the right song comes on are wired differently than others

For some people it’s David Bowie. For others it’s Franz Liszt. But regardless of the genre, when the right chords combine, many people will get goose bumps or a chill up the spine.

Somewhere between a half to two-thirds of the population have this reaction, yet scientists have long debated why. Past research has shown that when experiencing “the chills,” the neurotransmitter dopamine floods through the body. But a new study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience details what happens in the brain when the soprano hits the high note, reports Ian Sample for The Guardian. Full story.

Jason Daley ( / June 20, 2016

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