Music and sex | Curio

Music and sex

28 mins | Nov 6, 2021

Why does music give us chills? The concept that music is the 'language' of emotions is old news. Listening to Whitney Houston or BGT breakout star Susan Boyle can make your spine tingle, heart race and head spin, but there are conflicting theories as to why this is. Darwin believed that human music evolved from primal mating calls and Meyer put it down to manipulative emotion-evoking patterns. But music's evolutionary role is more fundamental than sex. Michael Spitzer, a professor at the University of Liverpool, explores how a song can take you on a journey of ecstatic arousal as he unlocks the secrets of music.

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