Anticipating your favorite track stimulates your brain’s reward pathways.
New research has proven that the adage “you have to be high to listen to electronic music” is not necessarily true. According to researchers as McGill University, the act of listening to your favorite track can make you high in and of itself.
Like taking drugs, hearing music can modulate serotonin and dopamine levels in your brain. These levels fluctuate in two distinct phases: when you anticipate hearing pleasurable music, and when you consume it. Though the high you experience from listening to a song you like is only a fraction of what you feel after taking an illicit substance, the hedonic reward systems that are activated in this listening process are tightly linked to those associated with eating food, taking drugs and having sex.
McGill University’s research indicates that a better understanding of the pleasure responses in the brain could improve our ability to treat different kinds of addictions. You can read more about their findings here.
(Via Tech Radar)