Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders?
The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a “skin orgasm.”
What causes a thrill, followed by a chill?
While scientists are still unlocking the secrets of this phenomenon, a large body of research over the past five decades has traced the origins of frisson to how we emotionally react to unexpected stimuli in our environment, particularly music.
Musical passages that include unexpected harmonies, sudden changes in volume or the moving entrance of a soloist are particularly common triggers for frisson because they violate listeners’ expectations in a positive way.
The role of personality
Results from the personality test showed that the listeners who experienced frisson also scored high for a personality trait called Openness to Experience.
Studies have shown that people who possess this trait have unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life.
Some aspects of this trait are inherently emotional (loving variety, appreciating beauty), and others are cognitive (imagination, intellectual curiosity).
While previous research had connected Openness to Experience with frisson, most researchers had concluded that listeners were experiencing frisson as a result of a deeply emotional reaction they were having to the music.
In contrast, the results of our study show that it’s the cognitive components of “Openness to Experience” – such as making mental predictions about how the music is going to unfold or engaging in musical imagery (a way of processing music that combines listening with daydreaming) – that are associated with frisson to a greater degree than the emotional components.
These findings, recently published in the journal Psychology of Music, indicate that those who intellectually immerse themselves in music (rather than just letting it flow over them) might experience frisson more often and more intensely than others.
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Promised land 13th Birthday & thank you party
Bank Holiday Sunday 28th May
@Egg London 200 York way kings cross N7
9pm till 7am
Promised Land brothers & sisters We cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support, love & respect you have shown Promised Land. We can’t believe 13 years have passed by already with so many unforgettable events that have brought so many of us together.
We say thank you at Promised Land’s 13th-year celebrations at Egg London bank holiday Sunday 28th May with a BUY 1 TICKET GET 1 TICKET FREE offer. There will be an open Champaign reception from 9 pm until 10.30 pm to get us warmed up PLUS we will be giving away a FREE Promised Land respect your history cap to the first 50 people through the door.
Promised land music policy will take you through 4 separate rooms playing different styles and eras of House & Dance from very early classic house / Up front house & Techno / Nu Disco & Soulful Vocal house from old to new. Plus, we open the classic jungle & old skool DnB room hosted by Club Origin
Promised land is not just about the name brand DJs. It’s not about the capacity of people it’s about the quality of individuals !! It’s about the music, the vibe, the love !!
MAIN ROOM: HOUSE MUSIC FROM 1987 TO 2000
Robert Owens – Live PA (Tears & Ill be your friend)
Shades Of Rhythm (Live PA & Dj set)
Philgood & Ram
TERRACE: UP FRONT HOUSE / TECH & TECHNO
Made By Pete
BASEMENT: DEEP, VOCAL, NU DISCO & CLASSIC FUNKY HOUSE
APOTHECARY: CLASSIC JUNGLE & DNB
Shut Up & Dance
LOFT: 80S/90S DISCO, FUNK & SOUL
Dress code: Please make an effort / No track suits / smart trainer Ok
BUY 1 GET 1 FREE £15
1st Release £15
2nd Release £20
3rd Release £25
Students £10 B4 11pm on the door only.
BOOK YOUR EXCLUSIVE TABLE IN THE MAIN ROOM: EMAIL INFO@CLUBPROMISEDLAND.COM