Goose Bumps

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  1. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Can anyone tell me why do we get goose bumps and chills when were scared?

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  3. origin Heading towards oblivion Valued Senior Member

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    It is probably a hold over from when your ancestors were hairy. Goose bumps are the hair folicols and your hair quite literally will stand on end. If you are a furry guy then it makes you look bigger and more menacing in a scary situation.
     
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  5. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Correct, but the primary reason for the reaction is to trap more air near the surface of the skin and thus provide more insulation against cold.

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  7. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Okay, both of you presented the standard replies. But I just know you've gotten goose bumps while listening to music. How do you account for that?
     
  8. decons scrambled egg Registered Senior Member

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    I just made this up after I read the above replies.

    Could it be a series of reactions?: Heart pumping more blood because of a sudden excitement and warming up - Body reacting by trying to cool it down (and hence the chills) - Skin reacting with the goose bumps to the sudden cold for insulation purposes.
     
  9. Me-Ki-Gal Banned Banned

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    dudes , Charles said something . The swarm , There is this thing called swarm theory he showed Me . Yeah humans do that . Yeah that is fucking it . We don't know we do but we do
     
  10. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Do all mammals get goose bumps? I know dogs and cats do, because I've seen their fur stand up, but I doubt if any mammals that spend a lot of time in water such as seals and whales do.
     
  11. Hercules Rockefeller Beatings will continue until morale improves. Moderator

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    Music can elicit emotional responses. Sometimes these responses include the evolutionarily conserved fight-or-flight response with the associated erector pilli action. So, the standard replies remain the accurate answers to your question.
     
  12. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    I've experienced goose bumps listening to love songs. Not something you would associate with the flight-or-fight response. Do you have a source for your belief?
     
  13. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Goose bumps, also called goose flesh, goose pimples, chill bumps, chicken skin, funky spots, Dasler Bumps, chicken bumps or the medical term cutis anserina, are the bumps on a person's skin at the base of body hairs which may involuntarily develop when a person is cold or experiences strong emotions such as fear, nostalgia, pleasure, awe, admiration or sexual arousal.

    The reflex of producing goose bumps is known as horripilation, piloerection, or the pilomotor reflex. It occurs in many mammals besides humans; a prominent example are porcupines, which raise their quills when threatened, or sea otters when they encounter sharks or other predators.

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  14. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    I found this statement in your Wikipedia link.

    I'm not sure turning goose bumps on and off at will is a great skill, but being able to release adrenaline at will sounds like an athletes dream come true.

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  15. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps you associate the music with melancholy emotions from a past experience of love, or a longing for love in your life....

    http://www.exploratorium.edu/music/questions/goosebumps.html
     
  16. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Interesting link. I don't remember the emotions I had at the same time I had music induced goose bumps. But what was said did make sense. For one thing if a particular tone caused goose bumps you would expect it to effect most people the same way. But in the case of music it seems to be based more on personal experience.
     
  17. The Esotericist Getting the message to Garcia Valued Senior Member

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    I think some birds might have the ability to control their feathers at will in this manner when their emotions are sufficiently jarred either with mating rituals or when they feel threatened. . . .

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  18. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Damn! Owls are cooler than I thought. But having that kind of control over feathers makes a great deal of sense for a bird. Being able to stand your hair up might help you get the girl, if you have a real good story to go with it.

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  19. Hercules Rockefeller Beatings will continue until morale improves. Moderator

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    Ah, so you admit you were premature in your assessment of my response as a mere “belief”?

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  20. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Not at all, but I find the link that was posted by scheherazade to be more in line with my thinking on the subject of music caused goose bumps. I just don't like the fight-or-flight response connection with music. But I don't really know enough to rule it out.
     
  21. The Esotericist Getting the message to Garcia Valued Senior Member

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    There is a song I used to play to my son on the radio when he was an infant and baby to get him to go to sleep all the time.

    As he was growing up, like all kids do, he asked me what I believe happens to you when you die. I told him that I believe you become energy, and that you meld with other like consciousness that requires the same lessons on the material plane, and eventual when the time is right, you come back to inhabit this world in some form or other to learn those lessons you have yet to learn, or grow in a way that you still need to. Anyway. . . that's sort of what this song is about.

    He can understand the song now that he is old enough. It gives him "the shivers" when he comes in from playing or home from school and he hears me listening to it.

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    Instead of lessening his fears of what happens to you after you die, now he is afraid to think about what he knew before he was born. . .

    Sometimes, the way he reacts. . . makes me think there's something he knows that he just would rather just forget. :scratchin: Better keep on eye on that one. . . .

    With life just begun, my sleeping new son
    has eyes that roll back in his head
    They flutter and dart, he slows down his heart
    and pictures a world past his bed
    It's hard to believe
    As I watch you breathe
    Your mind drifts and weaves

    When you dream,
    what do you dream about?
    When you dream,
    what do you dream about?
    Do you dream about
    music or mathematics
    or planets too far for the eye?
    Do you dream about
    Jesus or quantum mechanics
    or angels who sing lullabies?

    His fontanelle pulses with lives that he's lived
    With memories he'll learn to ignore
    And when it is closed, he already knows
    he's forgotten all he knew before
    But when sleep sets in
    history begins
    But the future will win

    When you dream,
    what do you dream about?
    When you dream,
    what do you dream about?
    Are they colour or black and white,
    Yiddish or English
    or languages not yet conceived?
    Are they silent or boisterous?
    Do you hear noises just
    loud enough to be perceived?
    Do you hear Del Shannon's "Runaway" playing
    on transistor radio waves?
    With so little experience,
    your mind not yet cognizant
    Are you wise beyond your few days?
    When you dream,
    what do you dream about?
    When you dream,
    what do you dream about?


    I'm sure it will pass as he ages.

    There's a few songs from Les Miserables that would give me 'em if I saw them live again I think.

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    Maybe the arousal of goose bumps during a love song occurred because of your brain's subconscious frame of mind picking up on a past event . You could had gotten beaten when you were a child while a certain melody played. Perhaps a traumatic experience?
     
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