This is why you get chills whilst listening to music


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So you know how, sometimes, when you're listening to a really REALLY good piece of music (side note: yes we're solely referencing One Direction's 'Torn' cover), you get all ~goosebumpy~ and feel chills all over your body?

Yeah, well it turns out there's actually a scientific reason for that - and it all stems from the way the music is put together, the surroundings you're listening to it in and how you're feeling at the time.

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According to Mitchell Colver, who was working for Dr. Amani El-Alayli, a professor of social psychology at Eastern Washington University, at the time, the origins of frisson (fancy name for the cheels we feel) come down to how we emotionally react to unexpected stimuli in our environment.

AKA, when Zayn does a smooth af high note that you weren't expecting, Ashton Irwin drops a big old drum beat or Jesy Nelson fits in more words than you thought were possible into a single line.

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He explained: "Musical passages that include unexpected harmonies, sudden changes in volume, or the moving entrance of a soloist are particularly common triggers for frisson because they violate listeners' expectations in a positive way."

Why unexpected thrills - in music, art, every day life - result in chills *scientifically* is still being explored, but providing it means we can enjoy One Direction's 'Torn' in the same way forever and ever amen? We're sold.

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