Why does Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ make everyone cry?

Tuesday, 14 February, 2012

“If ‘Someone Like You’ produces such intense sadness in listeners, why is it so popular? Last year, Robert Zatorre and his team of neuroscientists at McGill University reported that emotionally intense music releases dopamine in the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, similar to the effects of food, sex and drugs. This makes us feel good and motivates us to repeat the behavior.” The Wall Street Journal is famed for a rather arid style of financial reportage, but the paper can also produce features that match the best of cultural commentary. Right in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s “Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker“. And to go with it, here’s the great Adele.

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