In a new study conducted by researchers at McGill Unversity, it’s now been proved that same has the same effect on your brain as opioids and endorphins do. While it’s long since been assumed that music does have a positive effect on the human brain, it’s now been scientifically proven that “the chills” come straight from your brain releasing endorphins. According to the study’s senior author Daniel Levitin, it’s “the first demonstration that brain’s own opioids are directly involved in musical pleasure.”
The researchers tested their theory that ‘pleasure gained from music is akin to having sex, taking MDMA or eating tasty food’ by testing 17 participants. The subjects were fed a drug to temporarily block the brain’s natural opioid production stemming from pleasant experiences and then listened to their favorite songs while having their reactions recorded.
All the participants remarked that with their opioid receptors blocked, the listening experience just wasn’t there like it usually was. Per FACT, one participant commented that “it sounds pretty, but it’s not doing anything for me.”
Participants were allowed to select any music to listen to that “reliably produced intense feelings of pleasure for them, including but not limited to the sensation of chills.”