Frisson typically lasts a few seconds, and involves piloerection-commonly known as goosebumps-and a release of dopamine. Some scientists believe that the sensation is tied to moments in music that are unexpected, and thus trigger a pleasurable version of our fight-or-flight response. One psychologist recorded frisson as a symptom of an SEM, or a "strong experience related to music." People who experience SEMs can also exhibit tears, elevated heart rate, and feelings of giddiness.
Why Do You Get Goosebumps While Listening To Music?
Written by Curiosity Staff November 12, 2015
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