23 Feb 2018

Why music gives you goosebumps

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:22 pm on 23 February 2018
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Photo: creative commons - pixabay - physicsgirl

Are there certain pieces of music that make the hairs stand up on your arms? If so, you could be special!

Matthew Sachs from Harvard University studied people who get chills from music to see how this feeling was triggered. He used brain scans on those who got goosebumps, and also a control group who did not.

Sachs found that those who got goosebumps had different brain structures than those that didn't, including a denser volume of fibres connecting the part of the brain that processes sounds, and the areas that process emotions.

Sachs explains to Jesse Mulligan what this means.