The universal language of music touches lives all over the world, and science has long been fascinated with how it affects us. Scientists analyzed this phenomenon and reached the conclusion that musical notes can move some people so intensely that they experience an orgasm. They narrowed it down to a sensation known as a skin orgasm, which is a result of pleasure so intense, it can be felt all over the body and can produce trembling, sweating and arousal.
Wesleyan University psychologist professor Psyche Loui and her co-researcher Luke Harrison described it as, “A pleasurable sensation that is paradoxically both universal and variable. It affects different parts of the body depending on the person and circumstances of induction, and retains similar sensory, evaluative, and affective biological and psychological components to sexual orgasm.”
Although discussed in detail in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, this term rarely gets used due to its sexual connotations and thus, researchers suggest using the word ‘frissons’ to describe these intense feelings.
The kind of music most commonly responsible for this reaction is Western classical music, but other genres of music like pop, folk and those from elsewhere in the world also could also trigger similar responses. This comes as no surprise for music aficionados, who have long reported the heady cocktail of sex, drugs and rock ’n roll as being responsible for stimulating audiences worldwide—for decades.
Building on this study, research conducted in recent years has proved that music can also dictate and influence appetite; Cornell University conducted a study that proved restaurants use loud music to distract you so you won’t pay attention to the quantity of food you’re eating. This mean you’re likely to spend a longer time at the restaurant.
Yet another study had scientists observe more than 4,000 participants, after which they concluded that a person’s thinking style can provide an insight into what kind of music they like to hear. They divided music listeners into two groups: empathizers, who tend to respond to the emotions of others, and systemizers, who like to analyze rules and patterns in the world. They claimed that empathizers preferred genres such as R&B, soft rock and adult contemporary genres, as well as country, folk, and singer-songwriter genres, and even contemporary music ranging from electronica, Latin, acid jazz, and Euro pop, but displayed a strong dislike for intense music, such as punk and heavy metal, which is what the systemizers favoured.
But perhaps the most helpful investigation of this area has been the discovery that your choice of music can help you relax or increase your focus. Music therapy or sound healing moves the brain into deeper frequencies associated with a state of relaxation, thus used to ease the mind during meditation. Choose the right kind of meditation music to guide you towards better mental health.
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