Some People Can Control When They Get Goosebumps and Scientists Are Stumped As To Why

Approximately one in every 1,500 people have something called Voluntary Generated Piloerection (VGP) — the ability to consciously give themselves goosebumps. The weird thing is, VGP shouldn’t even exist. The phenomenon both perplexes and intrigues neurophysiologists by defying conventional understanding of how the unconscious nervous system operates. Hair follicles cling to the skin via a tiny muscle, and when this muscle contracts, the hair will stand, the skin around it will undergo a bump-shaped distortion, and voila — goosebumps. For most people, goosebumps are completely involuntary, but for an unusual few, all they have to do to get goosebumps is think about getting goosebumps — not about the situations that would give them goosebumps. Scientists say it’s sort of like a sixth sense. Perhaps it’s genetic, but they just don’t know.