Researchers investigate why some people experience frisson, or aesthetic chills, when listening to certain pieces of music. They report those who experience frisson score high for the openness to experience personality trait.
Artificial intelligence helps shed light on how people's brains, bodies, and emotions react to listening to music. Music influences parts of the auditory cortex, including the Heschl's gyrus and superior temporal gyrus, specifically responding to pulse clarity. Changes in dynamics, rhythm, timbre, and the introduction of new instruments cause an uptick in the response. The study also identified the best song types for the perfect workout, sleep, and study.