Using a PET scan, the researchers showed that music that caused chills led to a release of dopamine in the reward centers of the brain (mesolimbic striatum) ... Music, a mere sequence of notes arranged in time, can activate the same reward centers in the brain as drugs such as cocaine.How alarming. Conventional wisdom teaches us that listening to music is a wholesome activity as long as the music is innocent and upbeat and contains no adult language. But here we have the sinister truth. Any music, provided the listener finds it moving in some way, can trigger an addictive response.
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