For many people, listening to music results in a natural high at some points in the performance. Scientists too have studied this effect and note that it produces physical symptoms such as an increased heart rate and causes goosebumps to appear on the surface of the skin.
The term which best defines such rushes of emotion is ‘frisson’, originally a French word whose meaning describes a passing thrill or an unexpected shudder of emotion. Though the phenomenon is well known, it has only recently attracted the attention of researchers. [Read more…]