RE: Music !!

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    > > Preference for classical music or pop has something to do
    > with
    > > the power of the brain.
    > > Says Dr. Raj Persaud of the Maudsley Hospital in London.
    > > Persaud established by patients with demention, by whom the power of
    > > the brain decreased that they bend their preference for classic to
    > pop.
    > > And not the other way round.
    > > In other words:- the appreciation of classical music demands more of
    > the
    > > brain.
    > >
    > > " You need more grey cells to appreciate classical music and not so
    > > much to appreciate popmusic; when you loose some grey cells, musical
    > > taste changes accordingly " says Persaud, who for his claim can
    > count
    > > upon the support of many other scientists.

    Quoting Vincent Campbell <>:

    > Surely, that would imply that as you get significantly older, and lose
    > brain
    > cells, you'd become more and more interested in pop music- but
    > don't tastes
    > generally become more sophisticated with age?

    Regarding the first count: Not necessarily, the investigation
    Dr. Persaud was conducted (assuming Kenneth's source is credible)
    with people suffering from dementia. I agree with you, Vincent,
    that as you grow older your taste becomes more sophisticated
    (house becomes jazz, pop becomes classical etc.)
    provided your brain doesn't suffer to much damage along the way
    so this progressive degree of sophistication can indeed be
    implemented. Clearly things are different for demented people.
    Assuming that classical music demands more of the listener
    (emotionally, I would say) one cannot expect that people with
    demented brains can live up to that standard. The fact that
    demented people develop an inclination to prefer pop-music,
    a genre generally cherished by youngsters (like myself),
    might be crude evidence that their brains degenerate to
    levels similar as the immature brains of their
    grandchildren or even great-grandchildren.

    Philip Jonkers.


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