Almost everyone has experienced the skin tingles, goosebumps and shivers that comes with hearing an awesome piece of music. But what is that?
The French actually have a word for it: frisson, which can be roughly translated as “aesthetic chills.” Some researchers, though, call these “skin orgasms.” Scientists are fascinated by this neurological reaction because they don’t really know why it happens.
However, they have determined that the people who experience frisson tend to be more open to experience in their everyday lives. They have active imaginations, love beauty in all its forms, seek out adventure and possess intellectual curiosity. They have the ability to immerse themselves in music rather than let the music just wash over them. That’s one explanation, but it’s far from conclusive.