If Music Gives You Goosebumps, Your Brain Could Be Unique

You know that feeling when a great song comes on and all the hairs on your arm stand up on end? Different songs can have different effects on each of us, with some of us reacting more strongly to the notes or lyrics.

In fact, experiencing sensations like goose bumps or a lump in your throat while listening to music is actually quite rare and unique.

The scientific name for this reaction is called “frisson”, and not everyone experiences it.


A study performed by Matthew Sachs, a former undergraduate at Harvard, took brain scans of 20 students, 10 of which admitted to experiencing these feelings while listening to music.

And what he discovered is very interesting.

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