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The science behind goosebumps

Clip | 5m 33s

Whether you call them cutis anserine, horripilation or just plain “chicken skin,” goosebumps are a mysterious part of our bodies’ fight or flight response. So why do our hairs stand up when we feel fear, cold or intense emotion? As we find out in this segment from NPR science reporter, Adam Cole, there’s more to those bristling bumps than you might think.

Aired: 02/13/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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