Saturday, May 8, 2010

Scientists Make Sweet Monkey Music

(HealthDay News) -- Monkeys prefer silence to Mozart, but new research suggests they can appreciate music inspired by the sounds they themselves make.

When researchers played music similar to soothing monkey calls, the animals moved less often. If they played music that sounded like monkey distress calls, they became anxious.

This may not sound surprising. But it shows that "communicating emotionally through music is something we can do to communicate to other species as well," said study co-author Charles Snowdon, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The study authors also speculate that music may have had its origins in animal calls.

Non-human primates don't seem to appreciate human music, Snowdon said, although research has suggested they prefer Mozart to rock music and silence to Mozart. Read more...

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