7.4.10

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One my favourite reads at the moment is
The Time's monthly science
magazine
Eureka.

This months edition includes a fascinating
article about people who can't experience
music in a "normal" way.

"Some "amusics", as they're known, just don't
understand music but others find it actively
unpleasant", says Dr Lauren Stewart, senior
lecturer at
Goldsmiths University.


The condition is believed to affect about
4% of the population whereas 15%
claim to be tone deaf.

"Socially it can awkward as most of the time
we are surrounded by music. One woman I
worked with told me she actually fled a concert
hall in tears because she found it so unpleasant.
Another said that although she hated music
she bought CD's to play when friends came
round because she knows it's important
to them", Dr Stewart says.


It seems there is some difference in the amusics
brains develop but it's specific to music:
they're not deaf, there's no effect on IQ and
they can understand other forms of sound
such as speech without any difficulty.


There's also an interesting article about how
music affects animals. Click on the
image below to read it.


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