Thrills in response to music and other stimuli


Approximately half of those surveyed experience characteristic tingling sensations (thrills) when exposed to emotionally arousing stimuli. Music was especially effective as a stimulus. Thrills evoked by music were quantitated according to self-reports on frequency, intensity, and duration. In preliminary experiments with naloxone, an opiate receptor antagonist, thrills were attenuated in some subjects.


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Correspondence to Avram Goldstein.

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I acknowledge the contributions of the following, who served as subjects: B. A. Judson, B. J. Trueblood, J. P. Zenk, M. Krebser, M. J. Hayes, L. P. Crouse, L. M. Ortiz y Pino, J. Kehnle, E. L. Murphy, L. F. Cobb, E. L. Nelson, D. D. Dimmitt, L. Epstein, D. B. Powers, and C. U. Jones. Dr. B. W. Brown, Jr., gave valuable advice and criticism concerning the data analysis. Naloxone hydrochloride and placebo ampuls were the gift of Endo Laboratories, Inc. This investigation was supported by Grant DA-1199 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It was authorized under IND-14,673 (Food and Drug Administration), and by the Human Subjects Committee of the Addiction Research Foundation.

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Goldstein, A. Thrills in response to music and other stimuli. Psychobiology 8, 126–129 (1980).

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