Sexy songs enhance sense of touch, says study

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 11, 2017, 12:27 pm IST
Updated Sep 11, 2017, 12:40 pm IST
Researchers say that music’s relation to touch may have played a key role in the evolution of species.
Research found that the perception of touch changes with the music being played. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Research found that the perception of touch changes with the music being played. (Photo: Pixabay)

According to a new study, sense of touch is heightened while listening to ‘sexy’ songs.

The study goes on to add that music’s relation to touch may have played a key role in the evolution of species as song preferences brought certain individuals together to mate.

The research which was carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany have found that the perception of touch changes with the music being played.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, lead author of the study, Tom Fritz, said that the sexier one perceives music the sexier that person perceives touch simultaneously as well.

Researchers used a robot to understand the effects of music.

Participants placed their forearm through a curtain, where it was stroked by either the robot or a human.

While this was going on, researchers kept on playing a string of various pieces of music, ranging from the ‘not at all sexy’ to ‘extremely sexy.’

In one of the experiments, the participants thought they were being touched by a person, but were in reality being touched by a robot.

While researchers were unsure as to why sexy music enhances the sense of touch, they suggest that the emotional expression in musical sounds follows the same dynamics as emotional expression with touch.