Does listening to music leave you with goosebumps? Did you feel chills or a lump in the throat while listening to your favourite song? Well, in that case, you may have a unique and special brain. According to music graduate Matthew Sachs who is a research assistant at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Brain and Creativity Institute, if u get this kind of feelings, congratulations as it makes you different from the rest. Mattew has revealed that people who get chills from music might have structural differences in their brain.
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The research examined 20 students, who listened to three to five pieces of music. 10 of which admitted to experiencing the aforementioned feelings or felt shivers while the other 10 didn’t. The researchers then took brain scans of all the participants.
Matthew told Neuroscience News:
“The 10 who felt shivers have a higher volume of fibres that connect their auditory cortex to the areas associated with emotional processing, which means the two areas communicate better.”
In simple words, they have different brain structures than those that don’t.
He further pointed out, “People who get the chills have an enhanced ability to experience intense emotions. Also, his findings might be used to treat depression or mental illness.
“Depression causes an inability to experience the pleasure of everyday things. You could use music with a therapist to explore feelings.”