Your brain is not like most.

I often get that when I listen to music and I can’t understand why people can’t appreciate music like I do….and I can hardly differentiate between a flat and a sharp.

Do you ever get that feeling when listening to a great song that makes all the hairs on your arm stand on end?

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.

Experiencing sensations like goose bumps or a lump in the throat when listening to music is quite rare and unique.

Matthew Sachs a former undergraduate at Harvard, last year studied individuals who get chills from music to see how this feeling was triggered.

The research examined 20 students, 10 of which admitted to experiencing the aforementioned feelings in relation to music and 10 that didn’t and took brain scans of all of them all.

He 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 fibres that connect their auditory cortex and areas that process emotions, meaning the two can communicate better.

Sachs’s findings have been published on Oxford Academic but he is quoted by Neuroscience as saying:

The idea being that more fibers and increased efficiency between two regions means that you have more efficient processing between them.

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 Sachs 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.

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  1. bogsidebunny says:

    There are a few songs that do give me goose bumps. Here’s a couple:



  2. grayjohn says:

    And all these years I thought there was something wrong with me…Thanks for posting that.

  3. And this is how audiophiles are born. Even if some bit of music doesn’t flatline you, hearing it reproduced with extraordinary clarity and great dynamic range just might. I remember auditioning a pair of Dunleavy speakers hooked up to a Krell amp the size of a coffee table back in 1998. The speakers had to be 6 feet tall and the amp pushed at least 1000 watts. It sounded pretty nice over all, but there was one magic sweet spot that brought tears to our eyes. Holographic sound with every micro detail. It was alive. And that’s when we fell in love with Diana Krall. Sadly, that spot was about the size of a basketball, so the system was an $85000 set of headphones that weighed 700 pounds. But for one person seated just so, it was magic.

  4. Eskyman says:

    For me, music tells a story- it literally speaks to me. When hearing love songs, I feel those emotions; there is music of war, which stirs me in a much different way, and music of celebration and despair.

    When I was young, I used to give girls that I was interested in records that expressed my feelings for them, and later I got into mixing cassette tapes, which were much better because then I could focus on what I wanted to say through the music.

    All for nothing. The girls & women I tried to impress just heard music, some of which they liked and some they didn’t. They got no message, except that I was into making cassette tapes and had a wide range of musical tastes. For me, it was like speaking to the deaf. They just didn’t hear what I was trying so hard to tell them.

    Finally I now know why! Thanks for posting that!

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