The new age of music streaming is upon us, and we are better for it.
With unlimited access to gospel music libraries that our grandparents could only wish for, we now listen to our favourite gospel artists seamlessly.
As a Christian, I believe I am wired to worship God, but something has always intrigued me.
Whenever I listen to Ekwueme [by Prospa Ochimana featuring Osinachi Nwachukwu], I get chills [goosebumps] all over.
These chills are not peculiar to me, I discovered.
Surveying some YouTube comments, I found they [listeners] had similar experience of goosebumps when listening to the same song.
[Listen to it below and tell me how you feel].
Did you get goosebump?
I certainly do, when I listen to this song! It evokes strong and intense emotion in me, one that I associate with the anointing of God.
But a new scientific research has linked music with the "neural connections in the auditory cortex" of the human brain.
Former Harvard graduate, Matt Sachs, now a PhD student at University of Southern California (USC), worked with a team of researchers to run a small experiment of twenty students, and their findings were interesting.
Out of twenty students invited for this experiment, two group of ten students was created.
The first group had chills [goosebumps] after listening to music but the second didn`t.
Proceeding with the experiment, researchers took brain scans of the group with goosebumps and discovered neural connections between the auditory cortex [the part of the brain involved with emotional processing] and prefrontal cortex [the part of the brain involved with high-order recognition].
"People who get the chills have an enhanced ability to experience intense emotions," said Matt Sachs. Based on this findings, we predict that "structural connectivity between auditory- and reward-processing regions gives rise to aesthetic responses to music.”
The scientific discovery could help in the treatment of depression if explored differently. Matt hopes to further test his theory using other activities like dance, poetry, architecture and visual art.
If you want to know more, please listen to the podcast below: