There may be a hidden meaning in the goosebumps you get when listening to music.
Many people mention the ‘hairs on end’ feeling they get when listening to their favourite song, but scientists didn’t have an explanation for it – until now.
If you know this feeling all to well, it could be a sign that you are ‘biologically different’, according to a study by University of California grad student Matthew Sachs.
The study conducted on 20 students who were played rousing music showed that around half experienced the goosebumps.
Brain scans of the students were taken at the same time and those who experienced the goosebumps where shown to have a significantly higher amount of neural connections linking the auditory, emotional and prefrontal cortex.
These results suggest that if you are someone who regularly feels these goosebumps then you perhaps have a different, more complex way of processing music and emotions.
It has been shown in other similar studies how the brain is a changeable organ, and the links and pathways can be strengthened by repetition and by ‘training’ the brain to behave in certain ways.
For example, when learning a new skill the brain physically concentrates on the links that will help it to remember new information easier. Keeping un-useful information out of the brain by simply focusing on the matter in hand is a great way to train your brain into helping, rather than hindering your thought processes.
“In part because of these reactions, Sachs thinks music has untapped therapeutic potential. Currently, music therapy is used for relaxation, and making music as a group can sometimes yield team-building side effects.
As Grahn notes in the Guardian, emotion regulation is already “one of the most common reasons people put music on and decide to listen to it.”
It has also been suggested that this positive effect music physically has on our body could be able to play a part in helping those suffering with anxiety and depression.
Take this amazing oud and percussion music for example:
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