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Forum Name: Neurology Topics

Question: Music and the body

 Rockstar - Wed Sep 22, 2004 4:14 am

I'm not really sure this is the right place to post but I've been hunting for the answer to this for days and would appriciate any input!

Why do some songs and tunes make the hair stand up on the back of your neck and arms?

Thanks in advance..
 Dr. Russell M - Sun Sep 26, 2004 1:44 am

User avatar Hi!

It's called piloerection. The hair follicles have tiny muscles in the roots that are stimulated by the sympathetic nervous system to make hair stand up during any excitation of the sympathetic nerves.


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