Baby Gets Emotional Listening to Moonlight Sonata

This little boy was moved to tears by Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" after hearing it for the first time. This two-year-old was at his sister’s piano recital and his parents were shocked by how taken he was with the music.

New research suggests that this boy might be more emotionally intelligent than people who do not experience chills when listening to music. The study focused on chills/tingles but the little boy’s tears are probably him not understanding his body’s reaction to the music.

According to a professor of social psychology at Eastern Washington University, Dr. Amani El-Alayli, the tingles and goosebumps on your arms you get listening to music are called frissons (a French word that means ‘aesthetic chills').

People experience these frissons because their body physically reacts to unexpected changes in music which shows that they are feeling the music and not just passively listening. The research suggests that people with this characteristic have a more active imagination, appreciate beauty and nature, and are usually more reflective and emotional.

There is an entire forum on Reddit dedicated to people discussing the frissons they experience to different songs.

If you would like to try it out for yourself, listen to this song around the sixteen minute mark and see how you react.

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