A new study suggests that experiencing aesthetic chills, or goosebumps, during stimuli like music, films, and speeches can lead to increased emotional intensity and positive valence. The study's findings may have implications for understanding the role of embodied experiences in perception and decision-making and for the treatment of dopamine-related disorders such as Parkinson's, schizophrenia, and depression.
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Cell types responsible for causing goosebumps are also important for regulating the stem cells that regenerate hair follicles and hair.
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.