November 3, 2020, 13:24 | Updated: November 3, 2020, 17:25
We now know why our favorite music makes us shiver.
Scientists say they have discovered why our favorite tunes give us goosebumps.
A team of French researchers found that when we listen to our favorite music, the brain regions that process emotions, movement, and process music and sound work together to create an increase. dopamine levels – our ‘feel good’ chemical.
According to research, our brain also tries to predict what happens next in the song. And when we get it right, we get a reward.
Thibault Chabin, a graduate student at the University of Burgundy Franche-Comté who led the study, said: “The most fascinating thing is that music doesn’t seem to have any biological benefit to us. However, the implications of dopamine and the reward system in the handling of music pleasure reveal an ancestral function towards music.
“This ancestral function may lie in the time we spend waiting for the ‘cold feeling’ part of music. As we wait, our brains are busy predicting the future and releasing dopamine.
“To be naturally able to predict what will happen next is essential for survival.”
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Group of researchers, people whose research is published in the journal Borders in neuroscience, tested on 18 music lovers with different musical abilities, who all experienced chills when listening to music.
“Participants in our study were able to accurately pinpoint ‘chilling’ moments in songs, but most of the music chills occurred in parts of the song,” said Chabin. quotes and not just in the moments to be predicted.
Side note, interesting – or tragic, depending on how you are! – only about half of people get chills when listening to music. People who do so are considered to have “enhanced ability to experience intense emotions”.
For the Chabin study, the participants were connected to electrical activity recorders in their brains, and they were given 90-second clips of their favorite songs.
While they are listening, the scientists observe what happens in their brains whenever the music makes them ‘chill’.
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They found that the specific electrical activity in the area was responsible for processing the emotion; area related to motion control; and music processing area and audio rating.
These regions work together to process music and release the ‘feel good’ hormone, dopamine. Combined with predictions that trigger those interesting ‘reward systems’, this gave participants a chilling sensation when listening.
“This represents a good idea for the study of musical emotions,” says Chabin.
“Musical joy is a very interesting phenomenon that deserves more research, to understand why music is useful and to open up why music is necessary in human life.”