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Re: Dogs (music perception, receptive aphasia)

Dear list, 

A dog of a music professor shows an interesting music taste. The professor teaches piano, composing and conducting in university. He told me:

1. This dog can recognize melodies, such as Niccolò Paganini's Violin Concerto.

2. This dog can distinguish between good and bad piano playing. The piano students can understand its judgments and are afraid of its sigh, which means 'bad performance'. 

3. When this dog hears the motive of Beethoven's fifth symphony (1st movement), it will hide himself and become depressed for several days - with a loss of appetite.

4. This dog loves Chopin's Nocturnes. 

As some neurologists have drawn analogues between dogs and people with receptive aphasia, it is not very surprising that some dogs are sensitive to music and the emotions conveyed by its 'intonation'. I guess that the ability of music appreciation is related to the right temporal lobe, insula, and prefrontal cortex - of humans or dogs.

Tsai, Chen-Gia
Post-doc. fellow
Institute of Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Allen" <susie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:      Dogs
Date:         Tue, 1 Mar 2005 14:07:23 -0800

> Our two dogs have indicated to a pet psychic that they prefer Country
> Western music (my husband's favorite) to mine (contemporary classical).
> Susan Allen

----- Original Message -----
From: "Harriet B Jacobster" <Hjacobster@xxxxxxx>
To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:      Re: Dogs
Date:         Tue, 1 Mar 2005 18:36:49 EST

> Okay, I'll stick my two cents in as well.
> My first dog absolutely loved listening to my piano playing.  It was  one of
> the few things that calmed him down.  He would sleep under the piano  and the
> second I stopped, he woke up, gave me a "huh...what happened" look, and  as
> soon as I started again, he fell back to sleep.
> My second dog couldn't care less about music.
> My third dog loves soft rock and blues, but the second any C & W comes  on,
> he begins to howl as if it is absolutely painful to listen to.
> Go figure.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Harriet B. Jacobster, Au.D., CCC-A,  FAAA
> Board Certified in Audiology
> Clinical Supervisor
> Mercy  College
> Dobbs Ferry, New York
> (914)  674-7742
> hjacobster@xxxxxxxxx

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ferguson, Sarah Hargus" <safergus@xxxxxx>
To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:      Re: Reality check
Date:         Tue, 1 Mar 2005 14:37:00 -0600

> Okay, I'll bite (or scratch?) -
> My French horn teacher in high school had several large dogs. One of
> them, a St. Bernard, liked to sit with his head under her chair as she
> played. He would lie there blissfully as she played scales or etudes -
> but as soon as she started working on arpeggios he would start to whine.
> If she didn't stop, he'd heave a big sigh, haul himself out from under
> the chair, lope to the studio door, and start scratching to get out.
> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
> Sarah Hargus Ferguson, Ph.D., CCC-A
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders
> University of Kansas
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> 1000 Sunnyside Ave., Room 3001
> Lawrence, KS  66045
> office: (785)864-1116
> Speech Acoustics and Perception Lab: (785)864-0610
> http://www.lsi.ku.edu/ipcd/FAC/Bios/FergusonBio.html
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