For some, music gives same high as sex

Listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with sex or great food.

The study found that dopamine release in response to music elicited “chills”, changes in skin conductance, heart rate, breathing, and temperature. Combining PET and fMRI brain scans showed that dopamine release is greater for pleasurable versus neutral music, and that levels of release are correlated with the extent of emotional arousal and pleasurability ratings.

“These findings provide neurochemical evidence that intense emotional responses to music involve ancient reward circuitry in the brain,” said Dr  Robert Zatorre, a neuroscientist.

“Music is unique in the sense that we can measure all reward phases in real-time, as it progresses from baseline neutral to anticipation to peak pleasure all during scanning,” said a researcher.

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