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Why A Song Can Get You High

According to a new study in Nature Neuroscience, there are songs that can arouse feelings of euphoria and craving by endogenous dopamine release in the striatum:

If music-induced emotional states can lead to dopamine release, as our findings indicate, it may begin to explain why musical experiences are so valued. These results further speak to why music can be effectively used in rituals, marketing or film to manipulate hedonic states. Our findings provide neurochemical evidence that intense emotional responses to music involve ancient reward circuitry and serve as a starting point for more detailed investigations of the biological substrates that underlie abstract forms of pleasure.

According to study author Robert Zatorre, one of those songs is “Adagio For Strings” by DJ Tiesto:

(Hat Tip: In and Around the Lab)

*This blog post was originally published at ScienceRoll*


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