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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

Postby imnotaloneanymore » Wed May 30, 2012 2:53 am

:lol: I have been laughing so hard reading all the posts on this topic for the simple reason that I never knew anyone else who reacted to sounds like I did. I was watching a Dr. Phil show and saw how people could be effected in a negative way to certain sounds that caused them to freak out, and then I told my wife that I had a similar thing, except with the oppsite reaction...she thought I was nuts in a funny way.
I get the same euphoric feeling with intense pleasure from listening to the same sounds everyone else is posting. Music does nothing for me though. Also, the sounds are not always what has to be just right to trigger the sensation, but the speed at which they are made. Too fast or slow will not trigger the response, but the sound will heighten my sense until the correct speed creating the right frequency is implemented.
I still remember the first day I ever experienced this (22 years ago) like it was yesterday. I was 8 years old in the fourth grade and the teacher asked us to turn in our books to a page when the kid (charles) next to me started turning his pages, I FROZE. I had no idea what I was feeling, but didn't want it to end. After that I used to mess up his place in the book just to make him turn back....he thought it was a funny game...i thought it was heaven.
People at work ask me how I can sleep so easily and deep at work on my lunchbreak, and I just smile as I would never tell them that the sound of people reading magazines and going through their lunch bags/paper sacks can put me to sleep in literally less than a minute.
It's so interesting how this works...and WIERD, but I find myself lucky to be so easily put into a state of immense joy with the help of youtube. Like a drug, I can shut off any stress of the world by just listening to things be manipulated by others. I was actually watching a guys videos on youtube when I thought to look this up. (soueu2002) In most of his videos he very meticulously inspects/reviews military equipment without talking and it almost always puts me to sleep. In the one video he talks in, the sound and speed of his speech is so relaxing, and the chills take over.
I too work at a grocery store and can relate to the comment someone left about the "chip guy" putting up his supply. I also love the sound of those 4 ft. brooms normally used in a gym and hearing the clank of the metal as it is being turned. I would love to see some detailed research done on this just to find out exactly what is gong on inside of the brain to cause this.
Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories about this and how it effects them as well!!!!!
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Postby emptyshadows » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:52 pm

I thought I was the only defect lol...pencil cases and papers send me into a hypnotic state. potato chip bags and whispers wow what the hell causes this?
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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

Postby alycat32 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:04 am

The above talk about lunch break causes me to remember when I myself worked at a grocery store. I would often nod off in the breakroom myself if someone was reading a newspaper or if they were eating fruit salad (I know, weird right? I think it's the wetness in their voice when they speak as they are eating it) and trying to talk at the same time. I'd always have to snap myself out of it.

I used to watch Christopher Lowell, the house decorating guy on TLC or one of those types of networks. I'd often make the mistake of watching him before I went to work and his voice just put me to sleep and then i'd be groggy and have to wake myself up and get ready for work.

This is a little funny as well..there was an episode of Paula Dean's cooking show back in 2006 or so where she was cooking a Thanksgiving meal. She needed to go to the candy store to get candy for a dessert. She'd sample the candy as she was talking and talking with her mouthful somehow relaxed me so much that it would cause me to feel sleepy LOL

Also, if someone whispers in my ear it makes me tingle and twitch and I can't barely stand it lol


This isn't REALLY the same thing, but i've also slept with a fan since I was little. Not just to cool off but because I need the sound to put me to sleep. I think it stemmed from when I was a baby and the lulling noise of the furnace as it kicked on would put me to sleep. I have a very hard time sleeping when the power goes out.
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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

Postby Devlman » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:22 am

I know EXACTLY what you mean and I have had it my whole life! Good explanation you put about it cos I have always struggled to explain it! I looked it up a while back and found someone with this same thing and they seemed to think it was something to do with the frequency of the sound and it's particular emmitance o Alpha waves which affect some peoples brains in this way. It's like trying to explain colour to someone who sees black and white or sound to a deaf person though isnt it!! I watch some rubics cube videos on YouTube and the clicking noise is pretty good although u can't beat listening to it in real life. For me it seems to be things done gently for example if someone were gently thumbing through a box of Legos it would have more of an effect than if they were frantically ploughing through the box. Today there was an old guy I heard fiddling with a crisp packet which had this effect on me this morning. It doesn't usually work if you are making the noise yourself it has to be done by someone else. That's my particular slant on it anyway! :)
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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

Postby Ayyce » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:31 pm

I am so glad to finally find out this is normal. As a little kid ( 14 years old now) I would love it when the teacher would read us stories in kindergarten. I'd often fall asleep listening to her turn the pages, the way her thumb and finger rub against it and the friction of the fingers makes a sound as the page rises up. I would love it when my mom got these little booklets in the mail that she would skim through. Also, when I'm in class and someone is turning the pages I get this sensation like everything is drowning in water. And I start hoping it's a long book. I also get this sensation from laying my head next to a keyboard while someone types. The thud of each finger hitting the buttons being sent through the plastic and wood. So relaxing. I don't find pleasure in voices, chewing, water, etc. The only music related pleasures I get come from one particular song. I Follow Rivers - Tyler, The Creator Remix. I put that song on a gold podium. As soon as the piano (played by Tyler) goes to the scale drop and the first beat drops along with the rythmn and her voice. I get instant visions of my future.. All the outcomes.. All the paths.. In one case I put the song on repeat for my girlfriend as I said I would and ended up having a dream about us intercoursing.. I was kissing her body and going further up.. I noticed her body was moving with the rythmn and my kisses matched the bass. I recently found out that whatever thought I think about when I have that song on repeat and think about the thought for a time.. My dream becomes revolved around that subject. My wish is meet OFWGKTA. I think about it a lot when I have that song on. So I have been having dreams about meeting them... All because of one song. This is the only song that pleasures my brain. Hope this hints on with this study.
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Postby travellinggirl11 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:26 am

I thought I was the only person that experienced this relaxing, tickle trance.

Sounds that trance me are-

Telephone customer service (I often ask stupid questions after I'm done with my reason for calling) LOL
Soft or rough voices
If someone clears there throat a certain way over and over
Sometimes paper
Bob Ross' voice and the paintbrush sound
My kids combing my hair softly
After a full body massage, when the massage therapist rubs my ears HEAVEN
The sound of someone popping gum



This video does it for me, just watching the head massage and the music
http://youtu.be/9nc0NVltxWM
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Postby travellinggirl11 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:16 am

Here's another video that I've watched over and over.

I stumbled across it when I wanted to make fried rice. Lots of frying/crackling, spoons hitting the pans
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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

Postby KatieJane27 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:56 am

Mem! That is so cool you and these other people have these sensations, I too have had them since I was little. I would make my grandmother and grandfather color with me because I loved the sound of the crayons and colored pencils against the paper, it is like a narcotic to me. It relaxes my whole body like you said. This and the sounds of people cooking in the kitchen, like when my mother used to mix things in a bowl. The sounds of people rumaging through boxes of nic nacs also does it. I always felt like such a lunatic at night when I would youtube people making these sounds because it would help me fall asleep. Like some makeup tutorials where girls are rummaging through make up kits. Bob Ross literally works like a drug for me. The closest chemical I can think of that our bodies produces that causes a similar reaction is oxytocin, a hormone that is released during orgasm and when breastfeeding. This hormone can make one very relaxed, even sleepy. Although, like you said, it isn't sexual at all, it is just overwhelmingly relaxing.
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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

Postby Jesusisworthy12 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:00 pm

Hi there I guess I'm late to be replying to this post I see that it was two years ago. But I came on here with the same interest; except I knew the science behind it but I was just looking up symptoms to confirm certain feelings, which was the chills. I think the chills is the body temperature dropping because our blood pressure is lowering. Now the science: It seems to me that sounds on particular that soothe us are based on things we associate with comfort or have ministered to us in the past. Like me for example, the sounds that REALLY relax me are cat purring and all sounds that horses make, including the sounds they make when they're eating. I find those probably the most relaxing sounds. And I tend to associate something good with it. I've had positive experiences with those sounds. Basically the sounds effect our brain waves. Every sound does. That's why a tiger roar sounds scary, that's why chewing noises sound relaxing. It affects our brainwaves which mentally then induces a certain feeling that becomes physical. Like for example: cat hissing sends these brainwaves: "Oh I'd better get out of here and leave the poor kitty alone." And chewing gum or pages turning sends these brainwaves:"All is well with everyone and everything; the people are enjoying their books and the person is enjoying their gum." There are deeper things that can't be explained as well. Everything ministers because God is our Ministerer. He is the Healer and so noises around us that come from Him are healing. Like the sounds you mentioned and I mentioned. There are smells, sights that are ministering and can induce sleep as well because it's from God. With me it's always horses; watching them on videos I've taped them with knocks me out easily,
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Postby JackBean » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:44 am

So the sound made by tiger does not come from God? I thought that God created everything. Even the bad things.
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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

Postby frenchmice » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:51 am

oh my goodness, i hope you all respond. I'm not a doctor yet, but i am a pre-med student. I am actually recording a bunch of information on a condition cimpletely opposite of what you guys are describing - it's called misophonia (hatred of sound). This condition evokes uncrontrollable rage and mental discomfort. If I understand correctly all of you who have this other condition is the positive version of misophonia. Please respsond. <3 Thank-you.

I really want to figure out what is going on inside of the brain, so any information you guys have will help. Please tell me everything - what sounds, sights, or feelings evoke that positive response; what exactly do you feel when you hear/see/touch the trigger item? Thank-you!! Any and every bit of information will help immensly. :D

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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

Postby Lukiemon » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:24 pm

I have been searching for so long for information about this. I too identify some deep-felt pleasure (metaphysical, not sexual) with various sounds. These sounds are amplified in a silent or quiet environment. Sounds like the rustling of canvas pant legs together, the sound of an old book's crisp pages being flipped, the click and clack of old cash registers and keyboards... It's a wonderful chill. It hits you right in your mendula oblongata, right at the apex of your spine.

But it's also the opposite for me: some sounds are so violent or so jarring like certain saws cutting through wood or old plaster, that I feel sick, some kind of turmoil. Perhaps these two are connected?

I'm 20 years old, but have been aware of this since I was just a little kid. Can't believe I'm not along in this feeling. It's nice to feel less weird! :)
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