You might know the feeling. Your favorite band is peaking or an artist that really speaks to you is hitting that note. All of a sudden you feel chills and you might even break out in goosebumps. As Consequence of Sound reported and according to a study that USC PhD student Matthew Sachs published in Oxford Academic, there is new evidence that people who get goosebumps while they listen to music experience emotions in a different way than those who don’t get the chills.
It appears that those who experience chills and goosebumps have structural variations in their brains. To paraphrase Neuroscience, who reported on the study, people who get the chills have more connections stretching between the auditory part of their brain and areas that process emotions. In a recent interview with Quartz, Sachs detailed how the research could be used to help people with depressive disorders as those with depression have trouble experiencing pleasure in everyday life. “You could use music with a therapist to explore feelings,” Sachs said.
Aretha Franklin’s version of “Think” always gives us the chills and goosebumps. You can check it out above.