Monday, February 13th, 2012

Why 'Someone Like You' Makes You Cry

"When the music suddenly breaks from its expected pattern, our sympathetic nervous system goes on high alert; our hearts race and we start to sweat. Depending on the context, we interpret this state of arousal as positive or negative, happy or sad. If 'Someone Like You'produces such intense sadness in listeners, why is it so popular? Last year, Robert Zatorre and his team of neuroscientists at McGill University reported that emotionally intense music releases dopamine in the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, similar to the effects of food, sex and drugs. This makes us feel good and motivates us to repeat the behavior."


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boyofdestiny (#1,243)

I'm ok with being the only person in the universe that doesn't really like Adele.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@boyofdestiny We can be alone together.

BadUncle (#153)

So, does this mean I should switch from Lexapro to doses of minor key changeups?

This is why Skrillex makes me cry.

laurel (#4,035)

And here I thought I was just slave to the rhythm.

ep (#8,509)

This piece is straight out of Gullliver's Travels, the satirical scene of the professor who is building a machine to squeeze sunshine out of cucumbers. WSJ science reporting, always good for a laugh. They are mightily impressed by scientists who want to locate where emotion lives in a pop song, but scientists who study the earth's climate? Not so much.

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