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Suppressing Musical Chills, Goosebumps and Shivers in Listeners

(29 October 2018)

Durham music researchers Mr. Scott Bannister and Professor Tuomas Eerola today saw published a novel experiment that successfully manipulated and suppressed experiences of musical chills, goosebumps and shivers down the spine in listeners.

The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, removed ‘chills sections’ across three pieces of music (crescendo, famous theme, and guitar solo) to reduce the frequency and intensity of chills experiences reported, and is the first attempt at identifying what psychological processes might underlie the phenomenon.

For full access to the paper, click here.