September 4, 2013

Goldfish Have An Ear For Music

Let’s play a little game of name that composer! Who is this? A. Bach B. Stravinsky? If you said Bach. You are correct! If you said, Stravinsky, well then a goldfish probably beat you to the punch on that one. Researchers in Japan trained goldfish to discriminate between the music of Bach and Stravinsky, having them bite a red bead in response to hearing one and not when hearing the other. The goldfish got it right 75% of the time – better than most of us humans. They said that the music itself doesn’t have specific meaning for the goldfish but that the ability to discriminate such complex sound does. Don’t feel bad, “goldie” beat me too!

[ Read the Article: Goldfish Know Their Bach From Their Stravinsky ]

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