Saturday, November 3, 2012

I wouldn't like psychoacoustic music either

"We're pining for some Bach."
A newly published study from Colorado State University claims that dogs overwhelmingly prefer classical music to metal as well as to "a simplistic psychoacoustic classical selection marketed for dog relaxation": "Classical was linked with more relaxed and restful behaviour, compared to the control condition (no music); heavy metal was linked with greater anxiety and unrest; and the psychoacoustic music had only a minimally calming effect."—via npr's 'classical cadence' blog

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  1. DONE! MY PAPILLION IS CRAZY...BACH TONIGHT!

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    1. I guess we should stay away from E. Power Biggs (but then I do anyway)!

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  2. I'm not sure what psychoacoustic music is--like "elevator music" or the formless wanderings of John Tesh? But I know plants will grow away from speakers blasting heavy metal, which shows that intelligence exists in every living thing, except in those who choose to ignore it.
    I find Bach exhilarating myself. For a tranquilizer faster than Sominex, I like Schumann's Traumerai. I can never finish playing it!

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    1. "formless wanderings" hits it on the nose.

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  3. Wait a minute--"marketed for DOG RELAXATION?"

    What next? Dog masseurs? Dog vacations?

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  4. Good thing those scientists are catching up. All my cairn terriers already knew this.

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  5. I call scientific foul! This is clearly just a re-hashing of my middle school science fair project in which I tested the effects of metal versus classical music to plant growth.

    All kidding aside, I hope this study is a nominee for the Ignobel prize this year!

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