Ever Wonder Why You Get Goosebumps When Listening To Someone Sing?

Music stimulates a brain reward system called dopaminergic reward pathway.

Do you ever listen to someone sing whose voice just gives you goose-bumps? Is it their voice? Is it the song? Is it because it makes us feel certain emotion or is it something triggered by the brain?


Some people call them “goose-bumps” while others call them “goose-pimples”.

They are also commonly called “Goose skin” as the Germans call it as well as the Italians, Greeks, Norwegians and a few others.

The medical term for the effect is cutis anserina or horripilation. When this happens when a human is under stress it is called by some a vestigial reflex. It was believed by some that our ancestors would raise their body’s hair in order to make themselves look larger in hopes a predator would back off. The reflex of producing goose bumps is known as arasing, piloerection, or the pilomotor reflex. Much like when a porcupine raises it’s quills.

Whether it is extreme temperatures, intense emotion, or ingestion, there are many reasons people get “goosebumps”. But why music?