We love music. We enjoy it, we understand it, we relate to it. It makes us emotional in so many ways. But can we actually feel it? The scientists’ answer is “Yes!”
When we feel emotional attachment to a musical piece, sometimes we experience goosebumps or chills. This occurs because our body produces dopamine. The dopamine has essential features when it comes to our brain and body. The dopamine produces neurotransmissions which send signals to our cells. Thus, if we are strongly attached to the musical piece, there will be a stronger dopamine release in our system.
This chemical also makes us happy and emotional each time we hear a moving or affecting soundtrack. The dopamine release explains the reason why people have been so fond of music through the centuries. Dopamine is also responsible for the joy we take from delicious food, intimacy or even gambling. It’s often associated with manipulating emotions and addiction.