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Music Gives You A Similar High As Sex And Food, According To A New Study

Posted by on February 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Is your room stuffed with vinyl and CDs? Do you have several hard drives worth of albums that you really couldn't possibly give up? Maybe it's because you genuinely enjoy music and collecting music, but deep down it might be because music gives you the same sort of pleasure as sex and food, according to a new study from McGill University.

In the study, David Levitin temporarily blocked opioids in the brain using naltrexone, and then allowed participants to listen to music. When the blockade was in effect, people enjoyed music less than when it wasn't.

“The findings, themselves, were what we hypothesized,” Levitin says. “But the anecdotes — the impressions our participants shared with us after the experiment — were fascinating. One said: ‘I know this is my favorite song but it doesn't feel like it usually does.’ Another: ‘It sounds pretty, but it's not doing anything for me.’”

So there – you might enjoy music because you like dissecting songs, or because it's just catchy, or it's a relief at the end of the day, but deep down it's also because your body physically loves it!

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