It’s no secret that music has a transformative quality. There’s is nothing quite like popping on your headphones, turning the volume up full blast and listening to your favourite tunes while dancing around your room.
As it turns out there is a scientific explanation for why certain melodies can trigger these emotional responses. Neurological studies have show that music, in particular ‘highly emotional’ music engages the reward system deep in our brain. Researchers found that listening to the “peak emotional moments” in music causes the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine otherwise known as the pleasure hormone.
The release of dopamine in the body triggers a physical reaction that some people describe as “the chills” – a change in heart rate, breathing and sometimes even temperature.
Using a number of brain imaging techniques, researchers have put together a list of five songs that are most likely to create those “musical chills” and trigger dopamine which in turn boosts your mood.
Check them out below…
Clair de Lune – Debussy
Adagio for Strings – Barber
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor – Beethoven
First Breath after Coma – Explosions in the Sky
Adagio for Strings – Tiesto
So, if you’re feeling those January blues are hitting you extra hard today, then sit back, grab your headphones and immerse yourself in the music.