Have you ever heard a track so dang good it left you looking like a freshly plucked chicken? If not, we’ll just leave this here…
JT jokes aside, if this sounds familiar consider yourself lucky – coz according to a new study, getting goosebumps on the reg is actually a good thing.
Earlier this year, a study was conducted at Reading and Leeds music festivals to explore whether the sensation was associated with a person’s health and personality. Taking data from more than 100 festival goers, researchers analysed their physiological responses such as heart rate and movement to the music.
They found that 55 per cent of all participants experienced goosebumps at some stage during a 45-minute set, although interestingly, women were more susceptible than men.
Afterwards, the participants were quizzed on their outlook on life, how empathetic they are and their perceptions of their physical and mental health.
Those who felt goosebumps were more likely to foster stronger relationships with others, achieve higher-level academic feats and be in better health than those who don’t – which could also translate to a fatter paycheck.
“The phenomenon of goosebumps has intrigued us for many years and having the opportunity to test participants in a live setting has certainly provided some food for thought,” said Professor Robin Murphy, associate professor of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford.
“The results of the Barclaycard study are the first to show a correlation between different personality traits and people who experience goosebumps.”
“The evidence suggests that being truly connected with live entertainment and getting goosebumps has an impact on our overall sense of well-being and mood.”