New research is coming out which points to the idea that getting goosebumps or a “frog in your throat” when listening to your favorite music may be rare or significant.
A former undergraduate at Harvard, Matthew Sachs, studied students that get these sensations when they listened to music. Of the 20, 10 stated they received goosebumps or the lump in their throat, and 10 of them didn’t.
He did a brain scan on all of the students and concluded that students that become emotionally and physically attached to music actually have different brain structures than those who do not attach to music the same way. His research showed that these students have a “denser volume of fibers that connect their auditory cortex and areas that process emotions.”
Sachs will continue his research and will examine the brain’s activity when listening to certain songs that create certain reactions. He’s hoping that the research will conclude that these reactions may be able to treat psychological disorders.
*Disclaimer: Though the rules of statistics say that even the sample size (less than 30) of this study would disqualify any findings or conclusions, it is important to note that what Sachs has is a great start on something that could be very significant to the world at large in terms of enjoying music as well as applications to the medical field.
H/T: Consequence of Sound