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Friday, March 16, 2012
British psychologist, John Sloboda, conducted a study where he asked participants to identify the parts of a song they thought were most powerful. The results showed that a significant number of the 'powerful song parts' were created by appoggiatura – a process which creates emotional tension in the listener.
If appoggiatura doesn't sound familiar, you'll be able to relate to it when we say it's the moment in a song when you feel shivers down your spine. If you've heard "Someone Like You" by Adele, you'll know what we mean. Appoggiatura creates an emotional connection with our brains which leads us to think that these are the most powerful parts of a piece of music.
What's really interesting is that listening to emotionally charged music, whether happy or sad, releases dopamine which makes us feel good. The more goosebumps you feel when listening to a song, the more your brain craves it.