Music is Sex For The Brain

by P3 on January 22, 2011

A new study has found that listening to music causes the brain to release the feel good chemical dopamine, the same substance that helps people feel pleasure during sex. The study, lead by Robert Zatorre and Valorie Salimpoor of McGill University in Montreal, was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Their conclusion was that the dopamine release was directly a result of listening to music, both in anticipating an upcoming moment and in feeling the thrill from it.

The researchers concluded that the dopamine rush explains music’s popularity worldwide. The music featured in the study was instrumental, which confirmed that voices were not necessary to obtain the pleasurable response. Further studies are planned to test how voices would effect the outcome. So the next time your favorite moment of your favorite song comes up, you’ll know why you may get the chills from the experience!

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