Monday, February 13, 2012

Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker

Why does Adele's 'Someone Like You' make everyone cry? Science has found the formula

What I found fascinating is that even at the Grammy's last night, when she sang this ang, it stood on its own as very powerful, without the need for visual hype, dancers etc...It was just Adele's voice with her excellent backing band that again creates moments of transcendence...


 What explains the magic of Adele's song? Though personal experience and culture play into individual reactions, researchers have found that certain features of music are consistently associated with producing strong emotions in listeners. Combined with heartfelt lyrics and a powerhouse voice, these structures can send reward signals to our brains that rival any other pleasure.


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