I’m sometimes skeptical of sentences that begin with, “Studies have shown,” or “Polls indicate” or “clinical experiments confirm” because they are so easily manipulated to conform to a particular point of view or bias. (Think “______ News” — your choice.)
Nevertheless, I’d like to offer a “research indicates” that is free of special interest, has no political motive or ax to grind — just an interesting finding that has even more interesting applications in my profession. It has to do with the power of music; in particular, classical music.
At a clinical level, laboratory rats that listen to Mozart seem to get smarter. Compared with other rats that listened to heavy metal, they navigated a maze nearly four times faster. Other tests on the effects of music on living organisms besides humans have shown that special pieces of music (like, for instance, “The Blue Danube”) aid hens in laying more eggs and cows in yielding more milk. Researchers from Canada and the former Soviet Union found that wheat grows faster when exposed to special ultrasonic and musical sounds.