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Well that explains things

Filed Under: Random Thought

Written by Brendan

Wednesday January 12, 2011

Interesting article from the AP on why listening to music can give you chills…

To your brain, music is as enjoyable as sex

By Malcolm Ritter
Associated Press

Whether it’s the Beatles or Beethoven, people like music for the same reason they like eating or having sex: It makes the brain release a chemical that gives pleasure, a new study says.

The brain substance is involved both in anticipating a particularly thrilling musical moment and in feeling the rush from it, researchers found.

Previous work had already suggested a role for dopamine, a substance brain cells release to communicate with each other. But the new work, which scanned people’s brains as they listened to music, shows it happening directly.

While dopamine normally helps us feel the pleasure of eating or having sex, it also helps produce euphoria from illegal drugs. It’s active in particular circuits of the brain. [...]

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