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Do Animals Appreciate Music?

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Animals might be music lovers, but how can we know? Is the ability to perceive and appreciate music a shared human and animal experience? Hosted by: Stefan Chin Head to https://scishowfinds.com/ for hand selected artifacts of the universe! ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters: Lazarus G, Sam Lutfi, Nicholas Smith, D.A. Noe, سلطان الخليفي, Piya Shedden, KatieMarie Magnone, Scott Satovsky Jr, Charles Southerland, Patrick D. Ashmore, Tim Curwick, charles george, Kevin Bealer, Chris Peters ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources: http://psycnet.apa.org/record/1985-00463-001 http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/285/1877/20180178 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180503101732.htm https://www.appliedanimalbehaviour.com/article/S0168-1591(15)00060-X/abstract?code=applan-site https://www.journalvetbehavior.com/article/S1558-7878(11)00184-5/fulltext https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0031938416306977 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010027706001636 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4461656/ https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.3758%2FBF03192900.pdf https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC58814/ https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00561.x https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002251931100573X?via%3Dihub https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3130230/ https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01158/full https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04590.x https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3690607/ http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/370/1664/20140088 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376635702000803 Images: http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-mri-scan-image-of-brain/614749330 http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-embryo/158399024 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saguinus_oedipus4.JPG https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Common_marmoset_(Callithrix_jacchus).jpg http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-puppies-locked-in-the-cage/123217563 http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-old-music-speaker-in-foreground-red-cat-and/686481590 http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-flock-of-pigeons-walking-on-ground/200229927-001
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The Red Shadow (1 day ago)
my j.d. loves the piano...
Nicholas Whitcher (1 day ago)
I played robo kitty to my cat, got a lion
Shadow TheHedgeHog (1 day ago)
I've heard sharks like heavy metal, and I also once saw a video of a woman playing a harp for wolves in a wolf sanctuary.
Gavriel Abrahams (2 days ago)
My baby always calms down when we play him No Diggity by Blackstreet
Sophie Robinson (2 days ago)
dancing cockatiels
Ryan Miller (2 days ago)
Did the Nile crocodiles listen to Nile?
Taka Brute (2 days ago)
PLOT TWIST! We like music because someone went back in time to see when historic humans started to like it
Stormy U (2 days ago)
My cats like to listen to Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mozart and other composers like I do lol.
Kayleigh Williams (2 days ago)
Thanks to the bee movie I know bees love jazz 🐝
Sunny Wu (3 days ago)
So what have you been doing at work lately? Oh, just writing music for cats.
slrellison (3 days ago)
We don’t like it because it’s music. It’s music because we like it.
slrellison (3 days ago)
... paraphrasing an xplanation of why sugar is sweet.
zemorph42 (4 days ago)
I Googled the number on your t-shirt. Here's the link to the top response; https://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/error-numbers/406-error
Jorge A. Garza V (5 days ago)
Heavy metal definitely makes me axious, but I like it, I also love "classical" music, but some pieces are soooo boring, and others cause me so much anxiety...
jobriq5 (5 days ago)
Cat music is weird
Clark Dauphin (5 days ago)
2:58 *racial jokes intensify*
Clark Dauphin (5 days ago)
I had a dog that seamed to like Chemical Romance.
Anyone have a link to that cat music? I'm interested in what it sounds like.
Lockslie (6 days ago)
I don't want to be glib, but anyone with a pet can tell you that animals appreciate music. You probably could have skipped the if and went straight into the why
D.E.B. B (6 days ago)
My parrot dances to big band music. Solved.
rautermann (6 days ago)
These studies don't say much IMHO. The comment section is gold tho
SiCKenz (6 days ago)
After just watching a video where a man plays Bach for a blind elephant... I would have to say yes, at least some animals definitely appreciate music.
Curtis Wilson (7 days ago)
So THAT’S how Meow the Jewels came to be
kill me (7 days ago)
Listening to music helps me to stop hyperventilating. Playing an instrument works better though, and singing is basically a cure for it
archcast (7 days ago)
I'm trying to teach my pet chupacabra to appreciate technical brutal jazzcore rap metal.
Cedar Bobedar (8 days ago)
I feel like teaching a chimp how to play a guitar and letting it choose if it wants to or not would be a badass way to study that.
chris gardner (8 days ago)
We like steady beats? Meshuggah broke that paradigm if im not mistaken lol.... Kinda sad tho to learn it stresses my doggo out..
V.B. Vallennes (8 days ago)
Whenever I practice singing, my one cat Ziggy comes out of wherever she was sleeping and sits near me and closes her eyes and just listens and seems to enjoy it. My other cat Reggie doesn't do this, so I can't help but think Ziggy just likes the way I sound and thus likes music.
Stefan Veenstra (8 days ago)
Animals don't appreciate anything but food and sleep. Much like women.
Connor Kirkland (9 days ago)
My pet rock really likes to listen to white noise
Tim Svea (9 days ago)
Sheep love Baaaach!
Major Major (9 days ago)
the idea of specialized cat music is scientifically adorable
Chris W (9 days ago)
my bearded dragon loves when I play the piano for him, seriously. closes his eyes and relaxes
john doe (9 days ago)
My cat likes: https://youtu.be/KsMKOx6fumc
Diphyllum (9 days ago)
How about the diving company which found that sharks prefer AC/DC?
jacksparrowismydaddy (9 days ago)
maybe the monkeys would like it better if people made music based on their vocals like they did for cats.
Leanne Zezeski (9 days ago)
Birds love music
James Mitchell (9 days ago)
Please do a video on 432 Hertz and whether it’s better for tuning musical instruments. Does it truly have an effect on our brains? Is there merit to the conspiracy theories?
enchiladas (9 days ago)
my birds sing along to vicente fernanadez
Akrasia Lee (9 days ago)
why not just give them instruments to play with?
Aaron Liburd (9 days ago)
These scientist got time if their playing music 2 animals, what's the point???
Mattie (9 days ago)
My cat loves women singing and lava lamps and also boxes. 😂❤️
ileany E (10 days ago)
I've seen some videos of cows intently listening to singing/music so maybe they do like music. Also makes me wonder if that's why Kulning (look it up, very cool) is so effective on cows.
Tara Dobbs (10 days ago)
My house cat Catherine would sit or lay down right in front of the stereo whenever Iron Maiden, Danzig and other heavy metal was playing. Once I played Enya or Enigma she'd walk away and give me this nasty annoyed look. She loved heavy metal for sure.
Jack Shap (10 days ago)
My dog wags his tail when I sing to him
Joshua Giard (10 days ago)
My chihuahua doesn’t like my death metal
Gabriel Martins (10 days ago)
As a Thrash and Death Metal fan, the "heartbeat theory" means my mum should've died during pregnancy, from her blast-beating heart
MrMegaPussyPlayer (10 days ago)
1:27 Especially fish ... they like Bach (=river in German)
Charlie Davidson (10 days ago)
my guinea pig purred when he heard classical
BeoJack (10 days ago)
I want to hear this cat music. Anyone know where i can find it?
Ysp (10 days ago)
My cats like ambient, chillout and meditation music, one of them also likes Abba. When I was a kid we had a cat that liked to listen to Bach and would lie down next to the speakers when it was played.
Travis van der Font (10 days ago)
We like music because of patterns.
Almandine Fox (10 days ago)
my dog has anxiety and piano music calms him down
Mighty Mary (10 days ago)
Why after you walk long distances and sit down do your legs feel like theyre twitching but when you go to inspect it the sensation stops
Evelyn Garcia (10 days ago)
My dog likes to lay at my feet and sleep when I play the piano.
Kiko The Dog (10 days ago)
Of course they like Drake.
Ken Smith (10 days ago)
With cats it is hard to tell curious about something from actually liking something. What you really need is a way for the animal to select different music in the same part of the cage.
Chickenless Nuggets (10 days ago)
We like music that matches our vibration
Chip (10 days ago)
What's "bahk"?
MyArtJourney (10 days ago)
Whenever I play my flute/sing/play music, my cat starts meowing and he eventually tries to attack me XD
David Gustavsson (10 days ago)
Americans saying "Bakh" is my favorite thing.
SkyWolfAlpha (10 days ago)
I wonder what kind of music whales like...
Alkerae (10 days ago)
The way he talks about this "science" reminds me all too much of crazy cat ladies turning on their radio and squealing "See?! They like it!". Also, I've always found that "everything points to the womb" theory to be disgusting and unfounded, a completely unfalsifiable guess that's unworthy of mention outside of ridiculing it.
gopnik hardbass chickens squating
Bogdan Haczewski (10 days ago)
Music for cats made by scientists my cat has got to hear this
Kids Toys TV (10 days ago)
i like abstract electronic music mostly with no predictable rythm. does that mean my mommy had heart problems when she gave birth to me?
Frennis Daemon (10 days ago)
To everybody asking about the "406" t-shirt... 406 is the American telephone area code for Missoula, Montana. It's where Sci-Show is recorded, and where Hank Green lives. DFTBA
Frennis Daemon (10 days ago)
My cat responds positively (or more accurately, inquisitively), when I play bright, major chords and higher pitched notes on the guitar. She seems to really enjoy A, D, and G major. She doesn't respond as much to minor chords.
InsertUsername (10 days ago)
Hmm, so now I know why my cat always joins me when I play melodic death metal.
Linda Cade (10 days ago)
I had a cat that would run from anywhere in the house to lay in front of the speakers when I had the album "Tubular Bells" playing. I don't remember her doing this for any other music.
My cat doesn't like music. She always tries to stop me when I sing or play flute. XP
rotorlite (11 days ago)
Seriously, I have a cat that likes for me to play the saxophone for her. I was surprised. When I play something that she especially approves of she will rub up against me and even rub up against the saxophone, purring all the while. She likes recorded music too. I think the tonality of the saxophone is similar to some vocalizations of cats. My Jazz Cat likes alto sax best, smooth jazz or slow blues, funk not so much. I have two other cats that go to another room. By the way, the Jazz Cat is an orange or ginger tabby. I've seen a couple of others do the same in saxophone videos.
CrimsonDX (11 days ago)
My dad had a cat who loved Pink Floyd.
Peter Johnson (11 days ago)
Maybe give parrots a bunch of play buttons and see what they prefer. The are often seen singing songs they hear and dancing to music. Especially the loud and repetitive kind.
MountKeverest (11 days ago)
Everyone loves darude sandstorm tho
Gavin Platt (11 days ago)
What does his shirt mean?
Obe4ken (11 days ago)
You can't mention cat music then not link some.
Insert name here (11 days ago)
I wonder if chickens like Bach?
Justin O'Brien (11 days ago)
Most birds prefer Def Leppard
Verdiss (11 days ago)
2:32 Credit to T-34-85? A WW2 soviet tank took that picture?
Taxtro (11 days ago)
My cats completely ignore music.
nick parkin (11 days ago)
when I blast my music my dog always comes by me and lays down and sleeps.
henri baggster (11 days ago)
My parakeets liked Disturbed and Linkin Park, but were indifferent to classical
Nicko Janick Murry (11 days ago)
My rabbits and birds like various music depending on each one. Some like certain bands and some certain genders. One rabbit hates flute another likes it. The birds like musicals, European metal, Japanese music and Classical best.
Køltira Memeweaver (11 days ago)
My house rabbit likes when I practice guitar
Peter Houle (11 days ago)
birds hate Surfin' Bird
Jay Scott (11 days ago)
Can you make a video about rust?
kay becker (11 days ago)
There is no doubt that parrots and cockatoos love music; watch them dance and sing on youtube.
danimal6669 (11 days ago)
Cows do....
RoseOfTheNight4444 (11 days ago)
The hundreds if not thousand of birds singing human music answers the question for me
Jessica Kuligowski (11 days ago)
My parrot is less specific about genre, but he loves staccato-y instrumental solos.
Loko8 (11 days ago)
This dude has the ultimate nerd dad bod
everardo feliciano (11 days ago)
When I play my guitar my cat will come into the room and just relax and watch me play (':
Erin Skittle (11 days ago)
Comforted knowing someone made music just for cats
Chris Holdread (11 days ago)
I think most people would prefer lullabies over techno
NotSo FatCat (11 days ago)
that cat music was scary
Maverick Loneshark (11 days ago)
Seems flawed: different people have different musical tastes so maybe some chimps might actually like the taiko music. It's not like StarTrek where all Ferengi are business-oriented or all Klingons love fighting. Furthermore, how representative was each musical sample for its genre?
Captain Redbeard (11 days ago)
I think music appreciation is based entirely in pattern recognition and memes.
Omer Magen (11 days ago)
sent4dc (11 days ago)
I subjected my cat to a lot of Nickleback and it started coughing up hair balls. What does that mean?
alex trebek (11 days ago)
i think we all know the answer to that

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