Apparently, if you experience music deeper than others, and it often makes you feel a tingle creep up your arm and get goosebumps on your skin, you might be biologically different than others, meaning that you are special.
Namely, Matthew Sachs, a graduate student from the University of California, conducted a study which analyzed the effect of music on the brain.
It involved 20 students, half of which reported that they got chills when listening to their favorite song.
Researchers took brain scans of the brains of these ten participants and discovered that they have far more neural connections between their auditory cortex, emotional processing centers, and prefrontal cortex, which plays a role in higher-order cognition, like interpreting the meaning of a song.
These people felt a stronger emotional connection to the music they were listening to.
One 4th year undergraduate student at Oberlin College, William Halimou, wrote a paper about the music-induced ‘chills’and explained the reason why some people report these sensations when listening to certain songs.
“Music-induced chills are a form of frisson in that they consist of involuntary shivers and tingles down the back and arms (sometimes even other areas) and goosebumps, accompanied by positive feelings. These chills have been appropriately called “goosetingles” by some.”
“From my research so far, it seems that chill-inducing music is very personal, and varies across individuals.
However, one study by Grewe et al. did observe that musical passages containing new or unexpected harmonies or sudden dynamic or textural changes evoked shivers the most.
Another study by Harrison and Loui found that peaks in loudness, moments of modulation and melodies in the human voice or human vocal register were common chill-inducers.
All in all, while chill-inducing music is largely personal, there may be some general music features that more commonly evoke chills.”
He explained this by referencing a study by Jaak Panksepp and Gunther Bernatzky, which showed that brain areas that are believed to be involved in separation distress and found an activity in these regions during the experience of chills, which might mean that chills are linked to socio-emotional systems that generate separation-distress.
Hence, next time you feel these feelings when listening to your favorite song, you should know that you feel and experience music on a deeper level than most people.