We all know how good music makes us feel, right? But did you know that it gives us the same high we get from sex and drugs? At least according to a new study!
The study was conducted by Canada's McGill University, who gave participants a drug called naltrexone. That drug stops the brain's pleasure-making system from working the right way. Since it blocks people from getting pleasure it is often given to people with major drug issues.
The researchers then found that people who were given the drug didn't experience the same pleasure they normally would when listening to their favorite songs!
Then when people on the drug listened to songs they don't like there was no difference in response to the music.
“This is the first demonstration that the brain’s own opioids are directly involved in musical pleasure" said psychologist Daniel Levitin.
“The findings, themselves, were what we hypothesised, but the anecdotes – the impressions our participants shared with us after the experiment – were fascinating. One said: ‘I know this is my favourite song but it doesn’t feel like it usually does.’ Another: ‘It sounds pretty, but it’s not doing anything for me.’
Interesting, right? Check out more of the report HERE!