RE: Music !!

From: Vincent Campbell (
Date: Fri Jul 13 2001 - 11:36:10 BST

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    Hi Kenneth,

    Hasn't it been a long held part of popular folklore (I don't know if other
    research has ever examined it) that playing music to unborn babies helps
    their development?

    My mum used to play lots of music when she was pregnant with me, apparently.

    I'm not sure one could say that had any genetic component though, could we?

    Perhpas in the sense of Chris' brown feathers, parents who play music to
    their unborn child may help their child's development, and assuming the
    child receives knowledge of this from them, they themselves may try the same
    thing. From the point of view of the music, "it" doesn't "care" as long as
    it keeps being played.


    > ----------
    > From: Kenneth Van Oost
    > Reply To:
    > Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 8:31 pm
    > To: memetics
    > Subject: Music !!
    > Hi all,
    > Something for the " music " thread.
    > Love for music begins in the womb,
    > Babies are capable to remerber pieces of music which they heard when
    > sitting in the womb even as twelve month after birth.
    > That reveils a Brittish inquery.
    > Music stimulates during the last three month of the pregnancy the
    > development
    > of the memory for simple events.
    > Alexandra Lamont, docente psychology at Leicester University, asked a
    > group
    > of pregnant woman to play their favorite music during half a hour when
    > relaxing.
    > More than twelve months after the birth of their child, the test was
    > conducted
    > if the babies like the same piece of music.
    > Lamont checked how long the babies looked at the source of the music_ a
    > loud- speaker placed beside a flash- light.
    > If their favorite music was playing, the babies looked longer at the
    > source.
    > This in contrast when they played other tunes.
    > (dpa)
    > My comments,
    > Philip Jonkers, wrote on 9 July, the taste of music of generations cannot
    > be explained genetically.
    > After reading the above article, I think we must adjust our views, and
    > regard
    > the possibility that it does.
    > Of course, the gap between generations is nowadays very slim, so I exept
    > that the taste of music is not that different.
    > And for all what matters, it would explain why classical music is not so
    > popular anymore...
    > Vincent Campbell wrote on 11 July,
    > Are we not looking at an area where perhaps there's a tug of war for
    > dominance between genes and memes,..
    > After reading the above article I kind agree, and I think, in a sense
    > memes
    > won the battle. The taste of music of generations seems to be genetically
    > inheritable, but the kind of music ( classical or pop) is memetical
    > determined.
    > Best regard to all,
    > Kenneth
    > ( I am, because we are) surely a piece of art

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