Why Do People Get Goosebumps?

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Our goosebumps are one of those weird quirks that make us human. (Credit: Michal Cervenansky/Shutterstock)

Human bodies do a lot of weird stuff. But goosebumps may be one of our strangest bodily functions.

Goosebumps are humanity’s near-universal reaction to the cold. But for some reason, those unmistakable, tiny bumps on the skin also appear when we’re scared or when we’re moved by something awe-inspiring.

What is it about these starkly different experiences that triggers a similar

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