The neuroscience behind music-induced goosebumps

Have you ever had that reaction to a piece of music where it feels like your spine just turned into some kind of warm, jelly-like substance? Some people characterise it as chills, or goosebumps, but whatever you call it, some people have that moment that just gets them. Full disclosure: this is mine. Gyyyyyarrrhjggh. So, what’s going on with that? Well, as recently as 2011, the McGill University of Quebec, Canada, suggested the following: “Scientists have found that the pleasurable experience of listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with rewards such as food, drugs and sex.” But more recently, a group of American scientists, looked into the phenomenon a little more closely. As reported by The Guardian, it’s…


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