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    Default Who feels chills while listening to music? People “open to experience”

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    Who feels chills while listening to music? People “open to experience”
    by Clive Thompson
    December 11, 2010
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    Do you ever experience chills while listening to music? Recently, scientists have gotten interested in this question, and they’ve found some fascinating stuff. While most people experience chills some of the time, a small minority experience them very frequently — and about 10% say they never feel chills.

    What accounts for the difference? Is it based in the type of music you listen to — like punk or country or hip-hop? Or the type of person you are? Or maybe some complex combination of the two — i.e. maybe the type of people who listen to, say, mainstream pop are also the type of people most likely to feel chills in the presence of art they heavily dig?

    To try and figure it out, Emily C. Nusbaum (a scientific name that totally freaked me out because it’s almost precisely that of my wife) and Paul J. Silvia decided to survey 196 students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. They asked them how often they felt chills while listening to music; then they profiled their personalities using the “big five” scale (i.e. how they scored on measures of neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness). And finally they asked the students to describe how much they liked or hated various types of music based on the way music is categorized in the STOMP scale — which, for example, slots classic and folk music as “Reflective and Complex”, and rock and metal as “Intense and Rebellious”. (I kind of cracked up reading those STOMP categories. I mean, sure, yeah, technically Rachmaninoff is classical music — but it’s easily more “Intense and Rebellious” than, god save us, Nickelback. Meanwhile, Pachabel’s Canon, having become the go-to processional music for about seven trillion weddings, has been taxidermically drained of any serious reflective value. Anyway …)

    The point is, once they crunched their data, no music genre trumped. There is no particular type of music you can listen to that will reliably impart chills. The truly big predictor? Your personality. Specifically, how open you are to experience — because this affects how frequently and deeply you engage with music. People who are more open to experience are also likely to interact with music in specifically intense ways:
    In particular, rating music as more important, listening to music for more hours per day, and playing an instrument significantly predicted aesthetic chills.
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    Yes especially when I hear a very stirring and majestic piece of music for the first time. I remember feeling this way when I first heard the Sanctus of Bach's Mass in B minor, I even commented on it to some lengths in my personal journal how awe-struck I was by its uplifting beauty.

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    Of course it's not just Classical masterpieces that ignite this kind of reaction in me. It's hard to explain, but it's not so much the words(although they sometimes they help) being sung but the melody as a whole that somehow touches a certain nerve inside me that does it.

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    I would expect more sensitive types to experience this more readily.
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    Hmm...I'm surprised that 10% actually never feel chills. I've gotten chills from basically every music genre, but different emotions accompanied them. I've probably gotten them from (god forbid) Nickelback, mostly because I was utterly disgusted with the music, and listened to something of theirs which I could listen to how I felt (sort of). I've noticed certain notes together in a song can also give me chills for no apparent reason, just the fact that the notes harmoniously played together sounded beautiful.

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    I remember reading something about how music can evoke certain emotions because apparently different tones and notes mimic different emotions in some sympathetic way. Like, for example, you can imagine a sad song and there is a quality sometimes of sad music in that it can sound like a wail or a cry, etc. So, it could even be Nickleback (ugh) if it hit the right sequence of tones and sounds to tap into that layer of our minds.
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    I get chills from time to time. Certain voices, certain music, can carry me off and away.

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    I get chills, and worse, tears. The tears are really embarassing. I get tears from beautiful art, too (but I don't recall chills from art, come to think of it).

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    Huh. I assumed everyone did.
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    You're not the only one, my eyes got all teary when I listened to this song after coming back from the new year's party. Time passes so quick.......


    PS: I was drunk.


    Oh..it was posted on Salome's blog.

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