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Re: Dogs (music perception, receptive aphasia)

The music professor's dog sounds quite like "Clever Hans" the counting


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----- Original Message ----- From: "chen-gia tsai" <tsai.cc@xxxxxxxxx> To: <AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 10:42 PM Subject: 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

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 tsai_chen_gia@xxxxxxxxxxxx

----- 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
the few things that calmed him down.  He would sleep under the piano  and
second I stopped, he woke up, gave me a "huh...what happened" look, and
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
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

----- 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.

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