Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82, The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology, pp. Researchers have recently begun to pursue more detailed explanations as to why music can improve exercise performance. While scientists are still unlocking the secrets of this phenomenon, a large body of research over the past five decades has traced the origins of frisson to how we emotionally react to unexpected stimuli in our environment, particularly music. New York: Wiley;
What causes a thrill, followed by a chill? Cross and M. But the physiological structure is still in place, and it may have been rewired to produce aesthetic chills as a reaction to emotionally moving stimuli, like great beauty in art or nature. The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology, pp. With music or without, exercise is very important to overall health.