The Science of Music Arousal

I’ll have what she’s having

One more reason to keep the songs rolling on your station:

Listening to music may not be as fun as having sex, but it triggers the same pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain.

In a study by neuroscientists at McGill University, brain scans of volunteers listening to their favorite music (the genre did not make a difference, so everything from punk to Beethoven and even bagpipes was used) revealed “…that as a particularly thrilling moment of music approached, the part of the brain’s striatum region that’s involved in anticipation and prediction released the neurochemical dopamine — the same chemical that gives rise to pleasurable feelings associated with eating, sex, and psychoactive drugs.”   ~ The WEEK, January 28, 2011

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to listen to Quadrophenia…