Does music give you the shudders, make you cry? Your brain may be wired differently than others.
Matthew Sachs, a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California (USC), wondered why some of his friends said they “got the chills” when they listened to music.
One friend told Sachs: “I sort of feel that my breathing is going with the song, my heart is beating slower and I’m feeling just more aware of the song – both the emotions of the song and my body’s response to it.”
A 1995 researcher said some music-listeners feel: “a lump in the throat, feeling moved and the experience of chills: the tingling sensation on the scalp, back of the neck and spine that is often accompanied by goose bumps.”