Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ripping Through an Article that puts down something of Popular Culture

Arlene R. Taylor PhD wrote an article titled: Potential Negative Impact.  She began with a thought provoking quote from Aristotle saying, “If one listens to the wrong kind of music he will become the wrong kind of person; but conversely, if he listens to the right kind of music he will tend to become the right kind of person.”  This led to the thesis presented which was, “studies have shown that some types of music can result in deleterious effects to the mind and body.”
Arlene stated that sound vibrations work throughout the nervous system with rhythmic shocks to the muscles. This causes the muscles to contract, setting everything in motion. A person would have to be extremely conscious and focused to control the body to not move (muscular restraint).  The Scripps Howard News Service reported a study showing that the listening of rock music causes abnormal neuron structures in the region of the brain associated with learning and memory.  Being exposed to this type of music can cause loss of ability to remember information.  It is stated that a research project was conducted by a neurologist and a physicist.  This was done with 36 mice in 3 groups. There was a control group…did not listen to music. That was group A. Group B listened to classical music while Group C listened to Rock music. For 2 months they were in that state with all same conditions except the music.  They said they found that the mice for group C had damaged and tangled brain thinking cells.  They then trained the mice in a maze for 3 weeks, then given a break and then put in to test if they could recall the maze. Groups A and B remembered and were able to run the course.  Group C mice could not remember the maze and also showed hyperactive, aggressive, and even cannibalistic behaviors. 
 In a study, rock music was found to increase adrenalin levels while a slow piano instrumental had a calming effect on students. University of Chicago Professor Allan Bloom says that classical music makes listeners more contemplative.   He is basically saying that harmonic music is better than Rhythmic (rock) music.

In Conjunction with the mice experiment, I could not find the exact experiment with names of a neurologist and physicist but there were similar experiments done, one being  by The Schiller Institute through a student and it was done a couple times to get it done correctly.  The other  information that was given in the article I could  not dig out of the internet. I was searching the study types and used key words, looking up the professor names and what  they have done but it was not attainable. I did find Professor Allen Bloom who wrote a book and there was information on his chapter about music in the article. I did find a review on that.  
Most of this article seemed legitimate and even though I could not find the exact study for the mice…I believe the results have great credibility, as I found similar studies with the same conclusions.

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