The Science Behind Music-Induced Skin Orgasms

Not much is known about frisson—a physical reaction to an emotional stimuli that sometimes feels like a “skin orgasm”—or its physiological origins or even why it only affects two-thirds of the population. Frisson occurs when a song (perhaps just a few notes), painting or any sort of sensory stimulation strikes an emotional chord. But then the emotion turns into a skin-stretching physical sensation. According to a study cited in The Conversation, personality tests revealed that those more inclined to an “openness to experience” (where expectations are amplified and often undermined in powerful ways) have access to frisson and its tantalizing effects.