Monday, December 13, 2010

Read This Chilling Research Article

I’ll bet that caught your attention, didn’t it? It’s actually less scary than it sounds. It’s good news, and is related to our research on what we know as ASMR. They tend to call it “chills” in this report.

The other day a member of the community posted something very interesting on the Facebook Group wall. It was a link to a research article about chills experienced while listening to music. It turns out that from their studies they’ve been able to conclude that not everybody experiences this (all ready sounding familiar), and others get it a lot.

Just reading the blurb or intro on the site made me see similarities to what we’ve been talking about and researching ourselves.

You can either read the report online, or like me, you can download the PDF file, which I find more convenient for offline reading. That’s just my preference though. In it, for the first page or so you’ll notice a lot of similarities to what we know as ASMR, like I said, although after this there’s a lot of verbosity and intense reading, as well as tables and such. Quite scientific.

I’d like to quote a few passages here. This is really just the opening paragraph but sums it up nicely:

“Most people report that listening to music sometimes creates chills—feeling goose bumps and shivers on the neck, scalp, and spine—but some people seem to never experience them. The present research examined who tends to experience music-induced chills and why. A sample of young adults completed measures of chills, the Big Five domains, and their music preferences, habits, and experiences. Latent variable models found that openness to experience was the strongest predictor of the typical experience of chills during music. Several mediation models considered likely mediators of this effect. Openness to experience predicted music preferences, particularly for reflective and complex genres, but genre preferences did not in turn predict chills. In contrast, several markers of people’s experience and engagement with music in everyday life, such as listening to music more often and valuing music, did mediate openness’s effects. Some implications for bridging state and trait approaches to the chills experience are considered.”

This research report was published in October and the studies were carried out by Emily C. Nusbaum and Paul J. Silvia, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This was also unpaid research work.

You can read the whole thing in its entirety here.

Source: Shivers and Timbres: Personality and the Experience of Chills From Music

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