Brain Basis for Adele’s Pop Hit

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Anatomy Of A Tear-Jerker:  Why Does Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ Make Everyone Cry? Science Has Found The Formula  via WSJ – By MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF

Bottomline – Music is most likely to tingle the spine, in short, when it includes surprises in volume, timbre and harmonic pattern.

Adele slightly modulates her pitch at the end of some long notes, adding to the tension.  … certain features of music are consistently associated with producing strong emotions in listeners. Combined with heartfelt lyrics and a powerhouse voice, these structures can send reward signals to our brains that rival any other pleasure. Continue reading

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