10 Psychological Effects of Music

9. Feel the chills running down your spine

 

Everyone knows the feeling, I suppose. For some reason, a piece of music is so good that it sends shivers down your spine. If you recognize this, you’re in good company, according to Nusbaum and Silvia. In a study in 2010, they found that more than 90% of us feel chills from some pieces of music.

The strength of this feeling seems to depend on our personalities, the scientists said. People who have a great “openness to new experiences” as a character trait are more likely to experience chills as a result of music. Moreover, this character trait is also linked to the probability that one plays a musical instrument and experiences music as an important element in life

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