It’s sure my drug of choice! Along with chocolate, of course!

Ever had goosebumps or felt euphoric chills when listening to a piece of music? If so, your brain is reacting to the music in the same way as it would to some delicious food or a psychoactive drug such as cocaine, according to scientists.

The experience of pleasure is mediated in all these situations by the release of the brain’s reward chemical, dopamine, according to results of experiments carried out by a team led by Valorie Salimpoor of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, which are published today in Nature Neuroscience.

Music seems to tap into the circuitry in the brain that has evolved to drive human motivation – any time we do something our brains want us to do again, dopamine is released into these circuits. “Now we’re showing that this ancient reward system that’s involved in biologically adaptive behaviours is being tapped into by a cognitive reward,” said Salimpoor.

So can we get addicted, I wonder?

I read it here.


  1. Oh yeah, we can get addicted. I’m positive of that. I’m so addicted, I have over 60 CDs just of symphonies.

    Goosebumps and euphoric chills, oh yeah!

    *puts on the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 3rd and moves the playback to about halfway through, where the utterly magnificent fugue is*

  2. Is it incorrect to say that I find playing the Strauss oboe concerto better than sox?

  3. Gee I dunno, Robin, as I’ve never played sox before. ;-)

  4. White Sox or Red Sox?

  5. It’s the kind of thing you just DON’T tell your spouse!!!! Doesn’t matter how understanding she is!!!!

  6. Hmmm. Talking about sox just isn’t a big deal … or is it?