Do you remember that tingly feeling that you get every time you hear a particular song come on your playlist? Well, you are not alone. Nearly 50 percent of the society gets goosebumps when they listen to a certain song.
The Chilling Revelation
Several studies reveal that music triggers an ancient reward passageway in the brain. It encourages dopamine to flow through the striatum, which is a portion of the forebrain that is stimulated by motivation, reward and addiction. It seems that music has an effect on your brain the way potato chips, gambling and sex does.
What’s strange about this is that your dopamine levels already climax a few seconds before the song even begins the special moment. The reason behind this is that your brain is a good listener, especially since it’s always trying to predict what will happen next.
However, music is quite challenging. It can be unexpected as it will taunt your brain, keep your dopamine prompts guessing – until you start to feel the chills.
The Competing Theories
There are, however, opposing theories to the study. For instance, neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp learned that sad music activates goosebumps more than happy music. He claims that a gloomy song triggers an ancient, chill-provoking mechanism, which is a gloomy reaction that you feel when you separate from your family. Whenever a hymn makes you feel wistful or nostalgic, that evolutionary design will kick in.
Nevertheless, you will still feel chills from any genre, even if it is techno, tango, EDM or classic Mozart. It is the arrangement, and not the style that counts. Chills usually happen when something unanticipated occurs, such as a quick dim in volume, a shift in form and the start of a new instrument.