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Have you felt a special kind of hormonal rush in your body while listening to any particular music, like all your hairs stood in the end? Yes, this condition might signal to the fact that you acquire a special kind of brain and not everyone is gifted with such.
According to Alissa Der Sarkissian, an RA at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, listening to ‘Nude’ by Radiohead makers her react in a certain way. She feels as if her breathing is in tune with the music. Her heart rate drops down and her awareness of the song increases. She is able to consciously feel the emotions that are embedded in the music and the way her body responds to those emotions.


Recently, an ex-student from Harvard who is currently studying psychology and neuroscience at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, Matthew Sachs, also a friend of Sarkissian, carried out an analysis on people who experienced goosebumps when they listened to music so that he could find out what went through them to feel that way. He studied 20 subjects, all students. Half of them said they felt that rush when listening to a particular track and the other half said that they didn’t. He scanned their brains, and monitored their heart rates as well as their skin conductance when each of them were listening to their favourite tracks.


The results were, brains of the one who felt mentally and physically aligned to the music were built in a different way from those who couldn’t feel that connection. The fibers connecting their auditory cortex with the parts of the brain that dealt with feelings were denser, indicating that communication between these areas was stronger. However, there also came up with a question that whether this trait developed over the years, like whether this is just love for music or some people are born with this special structure of denser fibers.


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