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Sunday February 12, 2012
Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker: Very cool article on why songs give you chills
This is a very cool article on the science of why certain songs give you chills and goosebumps, using a recent song, Adele's "Someone Like You" as a perfect example. You can watch a full video of the song here and I'd be surprised if it doesn't affect you:
Then read about why it has that affect:
Twenty years ago, the British psychologist John Sloboda conducted a simple experiment. He asked music lovers to identify passages of songs that reliably set off a physical reaction, such as tears or goose bumps. Participants identified 20 tear-triggering passages, and when Dr. Sloboda analyzed their properties, a trend emerged: 18 contained a musical device called an "appoggiatura"...