If you’ve ever had chills while listening to music, you know how powerful it is when the vocals and chords strike your ears in just the right way. But what’s even more powerful than that? The news that getting those chills during music might mean your brain is special, according to a recent study.
Research by Utah State University found that because not everyone gets these special goosebumps while listening to music, it means that you may have the ability to experience intense emotions.
“We found that people who frequently get chills to music have more fibers connecting the auditory cortex to these emotional feeling and emotional processing states,” said USC PhD student Matt Sachs, who worked on the study.
And that’s not all. Apparently, people with this unique trait have been shown to not only appreciate beauty and nature more, but they also have unusually overactive imaginations and engage with music more. How fascinating!
But anyone familiar with autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) won’t be so surprised by this news. ASMR is commonly described as the pleasurable tingling that begins in the head and scalp, shimmies down the spine, and then relaxes the whole body.
Stimulating images and sounds can cause ASMR. Considering the fact that millions of people are tuning in to popular ASMR videos, it’s been pretty clear that these ASMR body “tingles” are something truly special.
Check out an ASMR video for yourself below and see if you don’t end up hitting the “replay” button!