Animal Psychology: Music Hath Charms . . .

Twelve hours a day for nearly two months, three groups of albino rats at a Texas Tech University laboratory were given some musical entertainment. One group of newborn rat pups was exposed to selections from Mozart—The Magic Flute, Symphonies 40 and 41, the Violin Concerto No. 5. A second group audited an equivalent daily dose of Arnold Schoenberg—Pierrot Lunaire, Verkldrte Nacht and Kol Nidre, among other compositions. The third set of rats, appointed as a control, heard nothing but the whirring of a ventilation fan.

At the end of this calculated bombardment,...

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