• Question: How do we get goosebumps?

    Asked by PonyGirl12 to Andy, Duane, Giovanna, Katie on 19 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Duane Mellor

      Duane Mellor answered on 19 Nov 2014:

      This is the small hairs standing up on our skin. This can trap small pockets of air which can act as an insulator and trap in heat. As our bodies can only react in certain ways it also happens when we are scared.

    • Photo: Andrew Philp

      Andrew Philp answered on 19 Nov 2014:

      Its a response related to certain kinds of stress. So if we are cold our hairs stand on end in a response that we probably used to use to preserve heat. The response is also similar through fear, excitement, nerves etc. Some animals would also use a similar response as a protective mechanisms to try and warn off predators.