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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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Chris Draude (3 days ago)
I once had a cat who would jump up beside me on the piano bench whenever I was at the point of practice where the song sounded good. One day, we had a piano tuner at the keys. The cat walked in, looked at the stranger on the bench, and started hissing and freaking out. Bless that kitty.
Shiboline M'Ress (21 days ago)
Crocodile Rock!
Jake the Snake (1 month ago)
That shirt is just not acceptable
Christel Headington (1 month ago)
My Cockatiel liked The Blue Danube when it was used in a commercial. He will also kind of harmonize to other songs if I whistle them, but not if I sing them.
Karen Dixon (1 month ago)
I have to say it. Do Chickens like Bach?
Archerella’s Angels (1 month ago)
I don’t like music. People are always surprised by this. But, I just simply don’t.
Dakila Lozano (1 month ago)
just make sure you finish in the bach never in debussy i remembered this family guy joke when he mentioned bach
Xeno Phon (1 month ago)
Music = communication. Not that revolutionary, if a species communicates via audible patterns then they will respond to audible patterns.
Reehana Taj (1 month ago)
My cat likes my afternoon acoustic playlist on Spotify!
Brenden Pischke (1 month ago)
Why we like music? It's soul resonance. I play music based on how I am feeling or how I want to feel at the moment and in doing so I connect to the music with my entire being. Wanting to follow along any way I can. Whether that is singing along, picking out an instrument and humming to it's melody, or just following the beat with my foot or hand whatever is free to move. The lyrics don't even have to be english. As long as the emotion I'm sensing from notes being sung match my own emotions, well... that's soul resonance. That's the best way I can put it.
Gary (1 month ago)
Wait monkeys like African music? Isn't this too racist to publish? :s
Chuy N (1 month ago)
I didn't know Russian tanks like t-34-85 after war enjoy taking pictures of monkeys. I wonder what the Kv-2 is doing after the war.
Astrid Nævdal (1 month ago)
I started thinking about that when i was at a friends house who has horses and the walked all different ways until i put on a music and at the end all 5 horses were with me. But then when i turned it off they walked away
Cameron Quade (2 months ago)
While y'all acknowledge that there is a big focus on western music, these studies don't seem to take into account how humans are socialized into their musical tastes. From what I understand, people develop their taste in music though childhood and adolescence, and by the time they're adults their taste stops developing. And this taste is strongly influenced by the culture in which one is raised. It makes sense that animals prefer silence: If you weren't raised with music to begin with, it would be unlikely for you to develop musical taste at all. Their brains weren't trained to process music and as adults they would have no capacity for it. It thus seems that instead of questioning whether or not animals like music, these researchers should be asking if they can raise an animal to like music.
Kahlia Blake (2 months ago)
I saw a video of an umbrella cockatoo dancing to Rockin Robin - and on different parts of the song he would do different dance moves. There was no human giving him queues or training. He just loved to dance and knew how to identify and react to different parts of the song.
The Red Shadow (2 months ago)
3:28 yes, BUT WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO LIKE SCARLXRD
1 Cat Short of Crazy (2 months ago)
my j.d. loves the piano...
Nicholas Whitcher (2 months ago)
I played robo kitty to my cat, got a lion
Shadow TheHedgeHog (2 months 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 months ago)
My baby always calms down when we play him No Diggity by Blackstreet
Sophie Robinson (2 months ago)
dancing cockatiels
Ryan Miller (2 months ago)
Did the Nile crocodiles listen to Nile?
Taka Brute (2 months ago)
PLOT TWIST! We like music because someone went back in time to see when historic humans started to like it
Stormy U (2 months ago)
My cats like to listen to Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mozart and other composers like I do lol.
Kayleigh Williams (2 months ago)
Thanks to the bee movie I know bees love jazz 🐝
Sunny Wu (2 months ago)
So what have you been doing at work lately? Oh, just writing music for cats.
slrellison (2 months ago)
We don’t like it because it’s music. It’s music because we like it.
slrellison (2 months ago)
... paraphrasing an xplanation of why sugar is sweet.
zemorph42 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Cat music is weird
Clark Dauphin (2 months ago)
2:58 *racial jokes intensify*
Clark Dauphin (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
My parrot dances to big band music. Solved.
rautermann (2 months ago)
These studies don't say much IMHO. The comment section is gold tho
SiCKenz (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
So THAT’S how Meow the Jewels came to be
Ástríður Jellyfrost (2 months ago)
Listening to music helps me to stop hyperventilating. Playing an instrument works better though, and singing is basically a cure for it
archcast (2 months ago)
I'm trying to teach my pet chupacabra to appreciate technical brutal jazzcore rap metal.
Cedar Bobedar (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Animals don't appreciate anything but food and sleep. Much like women.
Connor Kirkland (2 months ago)
My pet rock really likes to listen to white noise
Tim Svea (2 months ago)
Sheep love Baaaach!
Major Major (2 months ago)
the idea of specialized cat music is scientifically adorable
Chris W (2 months ago)
my bearded dragon loves when I play the piano for him, seriously. closes his eyes and relaxes
john doe (2 months ago)
My cat likes: https://youtu.be/KsMKOx6fumc
Diphyllum (2 months ago)
How about the diving company which found that sharks prefer AC/DC?
jacksparrowismydaddy (2 months ago)
maybe the monkeys would like it better if people made music based on their vocals like they did for cats.
Leanne Zezeski (2 months ago)
Birds love music
James Mitchell (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
my birds sing along to vicente fernanadez
Akrasia Lee (2 months ago)
why not just give them instruments to play with?
Aaron Liburd (2 months ago)
These scientist got time if their playing music 2 animals, what's the point???
Mattie (2 months ago)
My cat loves women singing and lava lamps and also boxes. 😂❤️
ileany E (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
My dog wags his tail when I sing to him
Joshua Giard (2 months ago)
My chihuahua doesn’t like my death metal
Gabriel Martins (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
1:27 Especially fish ... they like Bach (=river in German)
Charlie Davidson (2 months ago)
my guinea pig purred when he heard classical
BeoJack (2 months ago)
I want to hear this cat music. Anyone know where i can find it?
Ysp (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
We like music because of patterns.
Almandine Fox (2 months ago)
my dog has anxiety and piano music calms him down
Mighty Mary (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
My dog likes to lay at my feet and sleep when I play the piano.
Kiko The Dog (2 months ago)
Of course they like Drake.
Ken Smith (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
We like music that matches our vibration
Chip (2 months ago)
What's "bahk"?
MyArtJourney (2 months ago)
Whenever I play my flute/sing/play music, my cat starts meowing and he eventually tries to attack me XD
David Gustavsson (2 months ago)
Americans saying "Bakh" is my favorite thing.
SkyWolfAlpha (2 months ago)
I wonder what kind of music whales like...
Alkerae (2 months 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.
Volvogubben Volvogubben (2 months ago)
gopnik hardbass chickens squating
Bogdan Haczewski (2 months ago)
Music for cats made by scientists my cat has got to hear this
Kids Toys TV (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Hmm, so now I know why my cat always joins me when I play melodic death metal.
Linda Cade (2 months 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.
Avalon: The Dragon's Den (2 months ago)
My cat doesn't like music. She always tries to stop me when I sing or play flute. XP
rotorlite (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
My dad had a cat who loved Pink Floyd.
Peter Johnson (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Everyone loves darude sandstorm tho
Gavin Platt (2 months ago)
What does his shirt mean?
Obe4ken (2 months ago)
You can't mention cat music then not link some.
T. Creel (2 months ago)
I wonder if chickens like Bach?
Justin O'Brien (2 months ago)
Most birds prefer Def Leppard
Verdiss (2 months ago)
2:32 Credit to T-34-85? A WW2 soviet tank took that picture?
Taxtro (2 months ago)
My cats completely ignore music.
nick parkin (2 months ago)
when I blast my music my dog always comes by me and lays down and sleeps.
Yowil Kat (2 months ago)
My parakeets liked Disturbed and Linkin Park, but were indifferent to classical
Nicko Janick Murry (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
My house rabbit likes when I practice guitar

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