Everybody loves music, and there’s no denying that feeling of bliss that accompanies hearing those first notes when the DJ drops your favourite tune on a packed dance floor.
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Do you end up getting goosebumps when this happens to you though? I’m sure many of us will claim to have experienced such a sensation, but a new study is claiming that if it happens to you on the reg then your brain might actually be ‘special’.
Harvard researcher Matthew Sachs investigated the brains of 10 people who claimed to get goosebumps when they heard their favourite songs compared with 10 people who didn’t and ended up discovering that those that did had different brain structures to those that didn’t. They have a denser volume of fibres that connect their auditory cortex and areas that process emotion compared to those that don’t apparently, which means the two can communicate better:
The idea being that more fibers and increased efficiency between two regions means that you have more efficient processing between them.
This means that you are likely to have more stronger and intense emotions.
These sensations can also be associated with memories linked to a certain song, which unfortunately cannot be controlled in a laboratory setting.
Well there you go. Not really sure if that makes your brain ‘better’ or ‘worse’ if you do get goosebumps, but it certainly makes it different. Suppose it’s up to you whether you want to think of that as a good thing or not.
Sachs hopes to expand on his research in the future to see what neurologically causes the brain to register reactions when they hear certain songs. He hopes that this might enable him to tap into treatment for psychological disorders so fair play to the guy.