Sometimes you can hear a song and get “the chills.” The hairs on your arm or back of your neck stand up. Maybe you feel emotional, almost like you want to cry (or at least I did the last time I heard Counting Crows “Long December”).
The phenomenon is called frisson. It is “a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin.”
Neurosciencenews.com posted a story back in February talking about our brains and how people who experience the chills have their brains wired.
Researchers found that people that experience the chills have their brains wired differently.
The study “found that people who get the chills from music actually have structural differences in the brain. They have a higher volume of fibers that connect their auditory cortex to the areas associated with emotional processing, which means the two areas communicate better.”
People that experience the chills when listening to music are more likely to experience intense emotions in general.