Music and Horripilation

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Why Does Music Give Us Chills? Goosebumps or the medical term horripilation occurs while listening to music when something unexpected happens: a new instrument enters or the dynamics suddenly change. That’s because music stimulates a reward pathway in the brain, encouraging dopamine to flood the striatum — a part of the forebrain activated by addiction, reward, and motivation. But music is tricky. It can be unpredictable, teasing our brains and keeping those dopamine triggers guessing.

Melomaniacs, or passionate music lovers, can get the chills from songs they are familiar with as they anticipate that long awaited chord at the climax of the piece.

Music, it seems, affects our brains the same way that chocolate, gambling, and potato chips do! I think I may need to stick to chocolate and potato chips because I tried piano lessons, and I felt like a goostrumnoodle!”

What’s a word for a person who dislikes practicing the piano? A ((MI-SO-dok-te-KLY-dist)! Misodoctakaleidist!

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