These videos and songs will give you goosebumps
Goosebumps are a normal reaction for many people. Whether you’re watching a scary movie or hearing shocking news, it’s a common emotional response to stimuli. Scientists have now created a database of specific media that may send shivers down your spine.
The group of researchers from MIT Lab Media, the Gonda Interdisciplinary Center for Brain Research in Israel, and the Institute for Advanced Consciousness Studies in California published their report. the findings In early March the border.
“Goosebumps are the spine-tingling sensation we get when we get too involved with music or movies,” Abhinandan Jain, lead author of the study, told Motherboard in an email. “While we know that shivering stimulates areas of the brain associated with reward and emotion, we still know very little about the relationship between the body and this powerful sensation and how the experience affects our brain.”
In the study, the researchers used goosebumps, an open-source repository of “validated” goose bumps stimuli like music, movies, and speech. The database was created by some of the same researchers who co-authored this new study, searching for social media outlets like YouTube and Reddit.
The article highlights some of these clips as they are likely to give viewers goosebumps. For example, you have the final battle between the Indominus Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Velociraptors in the movie “Jurassic World” (2015); a fan video for “The Hanging Tree” from the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games”; And even a fan’s video of the Disney heroes singing in their native language, featuring various images of their stories. Goosebumps obviously come in many shapes and sizes.
For the new study, researchers selected the 50 best videos, randomly showed them to more than 600 people on a crowdsourcing platform, and analyzed their emotional values. They found that participants who experienced goosebumps said they felt more positive emotional value and greater arousal during the experience, compared to participants who didn’t get goosebumps.
“This shows that the expressed emotion of goosebumps allowed participants to experience the stimuli with greater emotional intensity,” the authors write.
The authors believe that understanding the emotional consequences of shaking can help guide mental health interventions.
“The ability of goosebumps stimuli to induce positive emotional valence and greater arousal for the same stimulus, independent of previous emotional states, may be relevant for mental health interventions, for example to influence negative anxiety in depression or negative affective bias in schizophrenia,” Authors write. They also argue that controlled manipulation would be beneficial for mood disorders such as depression. The group is also developing one device To artificially elicit emotions and investigate subsequent cognitive effects.
“We are currently at the Institute for Advanced Consciousness Studies in Santa Monica studying the possibility of amplifying jitter with neuromodulation (low-intensity focused ultrasound pulses),” Jain wrote. “We are looking into the possibility of using jitters as a new intervention for depression, but we still have a long way to go. In the future, if it produces the desired effects in clinical populations, we hope to commercialize this technology as a new form of physical experience to get people out of states of melancholy or depression and bring them back.” to life.
This article originally appeared Motherboard.
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