4. Under the influence

Want to feel better? InsightCity prescribes Spotify! While music has been an integral part of humankind for forever, new research from McGill University is helping us understand its power to deeply impact our emotions and bring us pleasure. What did they find? It’s a lot like drugs. Opioids to be specific. Using a double-blind approach, researchers administered either a placebo or naltrexone hydrochloride to see if blocking opioid receptors would impact one’s perception of pleasure induced by music the same way the medication prevents the feeling of getting high from drugs. What happened while listening under the influence? Daniel Levitin, a study author, sums it up: “Normally, it made them feel good, but [naltrexone] left them not feeling anything.” Written while listening to this song.

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