January 10, 2011

Brain reacts to music like a drug - chicagotribune.com

You know that feeling you get when you listen to a favorite part of a favorite song? Some scientists have a refreshingly unscientific word for it: They call it the "chills." In the lab they can measure the chills, which correspond with a specific pattern of brain arousal and often are accompanied by increases in heart and breathing rates and other physical responses.

Now neurologists report that this human response to music -- which has existed for thousands of years, across cultures around the world -- involves dopamine, the same chemical in the brain that is associated with the intense pleasure people get from more tangible rewards such as food or addictive drugs. The research will be published Sunday in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Kind of changes what it means to be addicted to your iPod.

Read the rest here:  Brain reacts to music like a drug - chicagotribune.com

(Thanks, Jim!)

4 comments:

BeckEye said...

I bought a book last year called "This is Your Brain on Music," which gives very scientific explanations for why we react to music the way we do, but I haven't been able to get through it yet! Perhaps it's a little TOO scientific.

CRASH said...

i heard it, about the Valorie Salimpoor equipe in the McGill University of Montreal....the scientific review was "Nature Neuroscience", nice but....more nice is your picture about U2 - 360° tour very, very nice!!!!
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Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Honestly, that does not surprise me in the least...I certainly have different mood reactions to different music and there are songs that can take me away from what ails me

Zee said...

Wow, that would make a lot of sense. I often get completely carried away when I listen to my favourite songs. I feel like I'm in a different world.

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