JUL 15, 2018 01:54 PM PDT

Can Animals Appreciate Music?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

 

Our appreciation of rhyme and rhythm might not be unique. Animals may also be music lovers.

Using music studies done on crocodiles, the researchers found different patterns of brain activity when these crocodiles listened to Bach as opposed to random chords. This suggested, that to the crocodiles, the music clearly sounded different to them.

Interestingly, many can go a step further and actually distinguish between different genres of music. Pigeons, for example, can be trained to peck one key if they hear an organ piece by Bach and a different key if they hear an orchestral piece by Stravinsky.

In one study, scientists actually created music specifically for cats using sliding frequencies. Sliding frequencies are a common feature of cat vocalizations, and setting the tempo to the same number of beats per minute as purring.

About the Author
  • Nouran enjoys writing on various topics including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
You May Also Like
NOV 22, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 22, 2019
These Birds Mate for Life
Meet the Picathartes, a bird species that resides in the Congo and has done such for more than 44 million years. These birds mate for life, and in order fo...
NOV 22, 2019
Cardiology
NOV 22, 2019
Runner's Knee, a Rundown
Perhaps you have taken up a running or another cardiovascular activity to protect your health as you age. This is, of course, a wise and proactive thing to...
NOV 22, 2019
Earth & The Environment
NOV 22, 2019
The Amazon is Still Burning
Although other crises may be dominating international news headlines, the Amazon rainforest is still burning. The Wall Street Journal stated that more than...
NOV 22, 2019
Earth & The Environment
NOV 22, 2019
Ready for Winter? NOAA's Winter Outlook is Here
Are you wondering what winter will look like in your region? Depending on where you live, you may be in for a mild season. Last week, the National Oceanic...
NOV 22, 2019
Space & Astronomy
NOV 22, 2019
ESA's Solar Orbiter is Nearly Ready to Launch
Move over Parker Solar Probe, there’s a new Sun-orbiting spacecraft in town. The European Space Agency has completed the assembly of the Solar Orbite...
NOV 22, 2019
Neuroscience
NOV 22, 2019
Finding Pleasure in Music Comes From Balance of Uncertainty, Surprise
  A new study by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences shows the effect that uncertainty, about a song's progression, an...
Loading Comments...