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Music and Neuroscience

When I’m listening to Arvo Pärt’s Da Pacem Domine and I get goosebumps on my arms and feel prickly sensations on the back of my neck and experience the tinglies, well…all over, it’s on accounta “greater cortical connectivity,” apparently. Good to know.

Go ahead. Check your orbitofrontal cortex:


If that was good for you, try the fourth movement of Vaughan Williams’s Job: A Masque for Dancing (“Scene III: Minuet of the Songs of Job and Their Wives,” right around the 2:30 mark), or “Mars” from Holst’s The Planets, or Hiram Bullock’s guitar solo on Sting’s version of “Little Wing.”



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