The connection between music lessons and a improved memory previously reported Chinese scientists from the University of Hong Kong. For the experiment, the researchers selected 90 children aged from 6 to 15 years old. Exactly half of them played in the school orchestra, or take individual music lessons. The remaining 45 students have never engaged in playing musical instruments. Children engaged in music, showed significantly higher verbal ability, and their memory was significantly better than those who have never opened the note. Follow-up study one year later showed that the results of students, who during this time dropped his music lessons, have significantly decreased.
The author of experiment, Dr. Agnes Chan compared this effect with the ability of runner, who could beat the other newcomers in tennis, even if he never engaged in tennis. According to her, the music develops the brain as a kind of “universal simulator”. A side effect of this is improved memory and verbal skills.
The idea that music is a direct affect to living organisms has long fascinated scientists. In 2009, a psychologist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) was the first to show that monkeys are able to respond to music emotionally. The idea of the experiment was given by cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra of the United States, who is part-time – Professor at the University of Maryland, David Teie. Based on the well-known hypothesis that the basis of human music are sounds familiar to us from birth: the noise of nature, the beating of the mother’s heart, the sounds of human speech, – he offered to make special “music tracks” for the monkeys.
After studying the library of sounds of monkeys, David has recorded several tracks with monkey voices in the “heavy metal” style and two slow ballads. Songs have been accelerated to eight times that monkeys was easier to perceive. To the surprise of scientists, the experience was a success. Monkeys, did not respond to normal human music, but when listening the accelerated tracks created from monkey voices have change their behavior.
“Heavy Metal Monkey” made them nervous to look around, shaking his head and anxious to shout, and slow ballads, however, led to slow the pace of moving, and calmly began to eat.