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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Dec;1060:446-9.

How does music arouse "chills"? Investigating strong emotions, combining psychological, physiological, and psychoacoustical methods.

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Institut für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hohenzollernstrasse 47, 30161 Hannover, Germany. oliver_grewe@gmx.de

Abstract

Music can arouse ecstatic "chill" experiences defined as "goose pimples" and as "shivers down the spine." We recorded chills both via subjects' self-reports and physiological reactions, finding that they do not occur in a reflex-like manner, but as a result of attentive, experienced, and conscious musical enjoyment.

PMID:
16597800
DOI:
10.1196/annals.1360.041
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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