Why a Good Song Will Give You the Chills

#Music

Mon, Sep 17th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Turns out that the phenomena where you'll hear a good song playing and you'll get the chills actually has a name: ASMR, the Good Feeling No One Can Explain.

The term ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is used to refer to a self-diagnosed condition in which tingles radiate downward from the top of the head through the neck, spine, and limbs, accompanied by feelings of euphoria, in response to various sensory triggers, from whispered speech to tapping sounds to simply watching a person do something efficiently. Many of the triggers involve somebody playing close attention -- to a task, to you, to a task involving you -- which gave rise to early stabs at a name for the phenomenon like AIHO (Attention Induced Head Orgasm) or AIE (Attention Induced Euphoria). Discovering its existence told me that no, not everyone experiences what I do, but yes, plenty of people do.

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