If music gives you goosebumps, your brain might be special

Do you get chills when you hear a great song or get an out of the world sensation in your body when listening to music? If so, you are one of a kind and belong to a special category of people in this world.

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People who can experience sensations like a lump in the throat or Goosebumps along their arms when they hear exceptions music are very unique.

Personally this writer can remember getting chills when listening to ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zeppelin on the number 9 bus from Stourbridge when he was 16.

A study was conducted by an undergraduate student, Mattew Sachs, at Harvard on the individuals who get sensations from listening to music. He examined the phenomenon to see how these sensations were triggered in the body.

In the study, Matthew Sachs examined 20 students, ten out of them admitted experiencing these feelings of chills when listening to music while the other ten did not feel any such feeling. Brain scans of all the twenty students were taken and scrutinized carefully.

It was discovered that the brain cells of the people who feel the sensations when listening to music are those who make physical and emotional attachment to music.

Their brain cell structures differ from those who do not make such an attachment. The volume of fibers in the brain cells of the former is found to be denser which enables them to communicate better.

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The fibers form a link between the areas which process emotions and their auditory cortex, which makes them highly sensitive to emotions. Neuroscience has quoted Sach as “The idea being that more fibers and increased efficiency between two regions mean that you have more efficient processing between them.”

It means that people who get Goosebumps from listening to music are likely to have more intense emotions and have strong receptivity. Also, it is to be noted that these sensations are connected with memories of a person linked to a particular song.

The study conducted by Sachs was published in Oxford Academic and although the study was done on a small scale, it proved a major difference in the brain cell structures of humans.

Sachs is going further with his research to look into the brain activity of people who feel these Goosebumps when listening to music. By doing so, he hopes to learn the reason behind this neurological activity and tap into the treatment of mental disorders associated with them.

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