Skin orgasms when listening to good music
Skin orgasms when listening to good music is a real thing, and as music lovers I’m sure we all know what they are talking about here.
Psyche Loui a psychologist at Wesleyan University, recently reviewed the evidence and theories explaining the phenomenon with her student Luke Harrison.
A study was done back in 1991 where a group of people both musicians and non-musicians were monitored listening to their favourite pieces of music. About half of the people in the study admitted to experiencing sweating, flushing, trembling, including the spine shiver, and even sexual arousal.
The symptoms, aside from the physical arousal, are likened to those experienced during sex. Considering this study and the results found, it bears no wonder as to why music has always and continues to impact living things as intensely as it does.
This lends to the origins of the term ‘skin orgasm’. North Indian and Pakistani Sufis have also been long discussing an erotic dimension to deep music listening.
Loui and Harrison however prefer to use the term “frisson” as it is probably more conservative than ‘Skin orgasms’.
Sudden changes in harmony, leaps from soft to loud and dissonant notes that clash with the main melody, are considered to be pretty powerful. Musical frisson can be a little bit addictive, like a drug, which might explain why you like listening to the same song on repeat.
Musical frisson elicits a physiological change that’s locked to a particular point in the music. One major component seems to be the way the brain monitors our expectations.” says Loui
In another study, individuals were played their favourite tracks while lying in an FMRI scanner. Neuroscientists were then able to map the regions of the brain that respond to spine tingling songs; this helped them chart some of the mechanisms that might correspond with this phenomenon.
So, if you have ever thought that good music was just about as good as having sex you weren’t just being a weirdo. There is a place for you, and its here.
Skin orgasms are a real thing, now go listen to your favourite playlist.
This one is rocking our world…