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Goosebumps while listening to music linked with different brain structure

Are you a music freak? Do you put on headphones every now and then to absorb yourself in one particular song? Does music make you feel relaxed? Has it ever sent shivers down your spines and made you get goosebumps?

For a majority of the music fans, the answers to the above questions will be a yes. Listening to music can itself offer a whole range of benefits to people. It can be a source of meditation and relief. While for others, it helps them to connect at an emotional level. Either way, music has become a vital part of our life. Living without it? Well, it may be too difficult to imagine a world like that!

You may be getting goosebumps from a variety of things. It can be induced in people when they flashback to a memory which they utterly enjoy. That could be literally anything. From a ride, you took in Disneyland to driving in the streets of Manhattan. Experiencing goosebumps exhibit a feeling of happiness that you might not feel otherwise.

But what about music and goosebumps? This may sound pretty strange to some people. However, if you are a big tunes fan then you might have at some point experienced this feeling. There is nothing unusual about it. What you need to know is something interesting which a recent study has revealed.

According to a research investigation conducted by a Harvard fellow member, experiencing goosebumps may tell a lot about your brain. People who have had goosebumps triggered by music are known to have different brain structure than those who don’t.

Now let us look into this study in depth.

Goosebumps & Music

The above discussion may leave you intrigued to why that is the case. There are numerous other things that can possibly trigger goosebumps. How can music get to be one? If you are wondering why then your inhibitions are justified and understandable. A lot of people tend to pose the same question towards scientists.

It is important to first acknowledge that there is no one exact cause for goosebumps. Needless to say, it can potentially happen due to anything. It’s not always about recalling a past memory or thought. There is a list of other viable contributors. Music may well happen to be one.

To investigate, a team led by a Harvard graduate, Dr Matthew Sachs,  examined data of people who volunteered for the study. Among the sample population were people who have had any sort of experience of goosebumps while listening to music. To act as a control, those who possibly never did volunteer in equal proportion. A thorough examination of their brain structure was carried out.

The conclusion of the study

The results revealed some interesting insight that could become a basis for future studies. If proven and validated by other medical community members, can be a breakthrough in the field of neuroscience.

People who experienced goosebumps while listening to music had denser fiber volumes that link auditory cortex with emotion processing areas. This eventually results in a better interaction between the two regions. Dr Sachs has also put this proposition that such a relationship existing may make the person feel more emotionally aware and strong.

This study happened to be the pre-requisite for the later research on music and psychological disorders.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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