Music the dogs. Like classical and heavy metal.

Music has impacted humans in many ways. People usually tend to listen to music that reflects their mood. For an example, when someone is happy they might listen to upbeat music, or when someone is sad they may listen to slower moving songs with instruments. In the article written by Malini Mohana, she states that “music is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race, and culture. A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language. An increased interest in how the brain processes musical emotion can be attributed to the way in which it is described as a “language of emotion” across cultures.”But what impact does music have on other organisms, like animals?  We already know that music impacts people and their emotions. But does music affect animals the same as it does to humans?  According to the 2012 study published in The Journal of Veterinary Behavior, researchers from Colorado State University monitored the behavior of 117 kenneled dogs. For an example  their activity levels, vocalization, and body movement. The researchers played  different types of music to the dogs. Like classical and heavy metal. They also watched the dog’s behavior when no music was playing. They saw that the dogs slept the most while listening to the classical music, showing  that the music made them feel more relaxed. But the dogs had a totally different reaction to the heavy metal, it made the dogs feel very nervous and it increased body shaking. The researchers kept track of the similarities between dogs and people when it comes to classical music. One of researchers concluded that  “these results are consistent with human studies, which have suggested that music can reduce agitation, promote sleep, improve mood, and lower stress and anxiety”. Researchers also did an experiment to see if music increases the amount of milk a cow can produce. In 2001, the University of Leicester did an experiment, they  played various songs to 1,000  Friesian dairy cows. After nine weeks, the researchers changed  between fast music, slow music, and silence for 12 hours each day. They found out  that calming music actually resulted in the cows producing 3 percent more milk per day. One of the lead researchers, Dr. Adrian North, said  “Calming music can improve milk yield, probably because it reduces stress”. So music has affected humans and animals in both positive and negative ways but what about the human body? Scientists at the University of Helsinki have discovered that listening to classical music actually altered  the functions  of our genes. In the study,  they took  different blood samples from participants before and after listening to Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major K.216. They found out  that the music sound waves  directly affected the  human RNA, stating  that listening to music has even more surprising benefits than before. It affects the very core of your biological self. Essentially, music gets the good genes moving  especially the ones that help with mood, memory, learning and basic brain functions . But of course there’s always a negative side. It slows down the bad genes that cause brain degeneration, meaning that listening to music is like having a  strong shield  that covers your brain. Surprisingly, the strongest responses were found in the participants who had musical experience but those without musical backgrounds didn’t experience any noticeable benefits. So now we know how music affects humans, animals, and even the human body . But now let’s get to main topic. Does music affect plants? far music does affect plants, but it’s not really the music, it’s the vibrations created by the sound waves. The vibrations produce movement in the plant cells, which stimulates the plant to produce more nutrients. If plants had a choice between rock or classical music. Plants would pick classical music, it isn’t because they like classical music. It’s just because the vibrations produced by loud rock music create a greater pressure that isn’t conducive to plant growth. Many people have conducted  experiments on how music affects plant growth.  In 1962, an Indian botanist conducted several experiments on music and how it affects the rate of plant growth. He found  out that certain plants grew 20 percent  more in height when  they were exposed to music, with a way bigger growth in mass. He also found  a similar results for  crops, like  peanuts, rice and tobacco, when he played the  music through loudspeakers, placed around the field were the plants were gathered . Another botanist also experimented with several types of plants and various genres of music. She determined that  plants that listen to rock music will quickly die within a couple of weeks, while plant growth  thrived when  they were exposed to classical music. A researcher  did not believe that plants actually responded to music so he decided to do a couple of experiments in a highly controlled greenhouse in Illinois. Surprisingly, he found discovered that soy and corn plants, when  exposed to music were thicker and greener with significantly larger yields.  Then, Researchers at a Canadian university  also did an experiment and discovered that harvest yields of wheat crops nearly doubled when exposed to high-frequency vibrations. Researchers at the University of California talk about the effects of music on plant growth in their own perspective. They say that so far there is no conclusive scientific evidence that playing music for plants helps them grow, and that more scientific tests are needed with rigorous control over factors such as light, water and soil composition. Interestingly, they suggest that plants exposed to music may thrive because they receive top level care and special attention from their caretakers. Overall, this may be true but like they said there are still many test that need to tested to prove this point. But so far I believe that music actually does affect plants in so many good and positive ways. And it’s also so amazings that it affects our brain, the human body, and animals too. Of course we don’t really know if this is 100% true. But many researchers have proven that music really does affect plant growth. And right now I believe in that. Unless someone say otherwise


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