Frisson: my favorite new word

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Part of firefox has an automatic add-on called “Pocket,” which is a series of previously published articles that often have compelling headlines.  They are also articles I usually skip (not enough hours in the day, I know you know what I mean.)  This one, however caught my eye, from Neuropsych’s May 17 issue: 

This 715-song playlist is scientifically verified to give you the chills, thanks to “frisson” : Listening to some songs can cause a powerful physiological response known as “frisson.” What is it, and why does it happen?

An excerpt from the article (which also has its own link):

Frisson” derives from French and is “a sudden feeling or sensation of excitement, emotion or thrill,” and the experience is not confined to music. Historically, frisson has been used interchangeably with the term “aesthetic chills.”

Click on the neuropsych link above to take you to the brief, but fascinating article — and it has the spotify link to the 715-song playlist. What are you waiting for!

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  1. trentpmcd says:

    I do occasionally click on the “pocket” links. Of course, when you do, the serve you more articles that are similar… I’ll try to check out the frisson one later.

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  2. I just downloaded the playlist on spotify.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m on song #8 right now 🙂 Good stuff on it, not all frisson-inducing for me, but it does give me a thought to create my own frisson playlist at some point. Very interesting that the #1 spot has been blanked out as it was a Neil Young tune (which probably would have been a frisson one for me.)

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      1. Does that have something to do with the royalties being paid…

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Probably, Christine. I’m on song #13 now (with Neil & Joni skipped, that means it’s really #11) and have already heard 2 pro-fracking commercials 😦

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          1. pro-fracking? hmmm…All this political stuff confuses me. I always have to ask David if I’m more liberal or more conservative, if I’m more left or more right…Hahaha, too many directions. All I know is that Trump was awful and many of the other republicans in the news are shady. I can’t say much for the democrats because I can’t instantly recall any of their drama, although I know it is there!

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  3. Wonder if this is related to the manipulative soundtracks in some movies – where the music swells hits certain notes and despite myself I find `I’m tearing up – even in the corniest least-believable, trashiest…well you get the picture. Interesting article, many thanks.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Peter, I absolutely know what you mean about how they “play” us with soundtracks in movies. May be. I know it must have taken them a long time to compile that playlist. I like the article because it puts a name to something I’ve felt in a lot of contexts. You’re very welcome.

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  4. For some reason, when I saw the term “frisson”, I pictured Steve Martin in “The Out-of-Towners” where he’s in a car with Goldie Horn, telling her he’s feeling frisky. I could just picture him saying
    “frisson” instead! 🙂

    Forgive my silliness. I’m way past my bedtime and really need to hit the pillow!

    On a more serious note, I’m curious to say the Spotify playlist and will look for it tomorrow!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL, I could def see Steve Martin using that word — a lot, even! I got through some of it but it will take a long while. Honestly I think pretty much every person will have their own special frisson list. Most of the tunes I heard didn’t “do it” for me.

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  5. calmkate says:

    I feel frisson just reading about it … I used to call it emotional excitement, thanks for the correct word Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome, Kate, it’s a good’n.

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  6. memadtwo says:

    I like the sound of the word in and of itself. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Me too, K. The word has the feels of a finish you put on a piece of art.

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  7. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I like this word…I always try to use it in everyday situations and look at people’s faces.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL, I like that idea 🙂

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        Give it a try one day…the looks you get are worth it…I’ve done all sorts of goofy things. I tried to go through a day like Spock and show no emotion…I didn’t get through half a day…Keeps life interesting!

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