Ever gotten goosebumps while listening to music?
There's a deeper meaning to it than just appreciating what you're listening to, according to a study conducted by Matthew Sachs, who published his findings on Oxford Academic.
Sachs' research has led many to believe that those who experience goosebumps while listening to music are more likely to possess stronger and deeper emotions. Sachs studied 20 students, out of which half admitted to experiencing chills while listening to music.
The brain patterns of all 20 participants and the results showed that those who had chills have a denser volume of fibres that connect to their auditory cortex and areas that process emotions. Memories that correlate to certain songs also play a part in the heightened sensations one might feel while listening to music.
As of right now, Sachs is working on conducting a wider, and more in-depth study to register how the brain works with music.
An excerpt from Sachs' study reads "Our findings provide the first evidence for a neural basis of individual differences in sensory access to the reward system, and suggest that social-emotional communication through the auditory channel may offer an evolutionary basis for music making as an aesthetically rewarding function in humans."