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Humans Train Their Brain To Like Certain Music, Rather Than Rely On Nature To Do It For Them
2013-02-14 14:50:03

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study has shown that those who dislike a certain style of music based on the sound of it, or the use of harmonies within, simply aren´t trying hard enough. In other words, our love of music and appreciation for harmony is a product of nurture, not nature. According to associate professor Neil McLachlan from the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, people can learn to appreciate and even love different styles...

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2010-05-22 09:45:00

Ever since ancient times, scholars have puzzled over the reasons that some musical note combinations sound so sweet while others are just downright dreadful. The Greeks believed that simple ratios in the string lengths of musical instruments were the key, maintaining that the precise mathematical relationships endowed certain chords with a special, even divine, quality. Twentieth-century composers, on the other hand, have leaned toward the notion that musical tastes are really all in what you...

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2009-07-30 10:28:43

It seems that humans are not the only creatures possessing the ability to appreciate good music. A new study shows that chimpanzees biologically tend toward pleasant music as well. Experiments showed that an infant chimpanzee actually demonstrated a preference for harmonious music over dissonant music, which seems to indicate that apes have an inherent appreciation for pleasant sounds, according to scientists in the journal Primates. Prior to the experiment, only humans were thought to have...