Jump to navigation. A research study has looked into what happens inside your brain while you read and listen to music. Do the preparation task first to help you with the difficult vocabulary. Then read the article and do the exercises to check your understanding. You know that thrill you get when listening to your favourite music?
The Music You Love as a Teen Shapes Your Taste Forever
Teens listening to their preferred music while driving commit a greater number of errors and miscalculations, according to a new study from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers that will be published in the October issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention. Male novice drivers in particular make more frequent and serious mistakes listening to their preferred music than their less aggressive, female counterparts, the researchers noted. Each driver took six challenging minute trips; two with music from their own playlists; two with background music designed to increase driver safety easy listening, soft rock, light jazz , and two additional trips without any music. The study was conducted by BGU Director of Music Science Research Warren Brodsky and researcher Zack Slor to assess distraction by measuring driver deficiencies miscalculation, inaccuracy, aggressiveness, and violations as well as decreased vehicle performance. When the teen drivers listened to their preferred music, virtually all 98 percent demonstrated an average of three deficient driving behaviors in at least one of the trips. Nearly a third of those 32 percent required a a sudden verbal warning or command for action, and 20 percent needed an assisted steering or braking maneuver to prevent an imminent accident. These errors included speeding, tailgating, careless lane switching, passing vehicles and one-handed driving.
But once a scientist, always a scientist. Even my most eclectic friends seemed to gravitate towards songs from their teenage years. It seemed that they were all being influenced by a well-established psychological phenomenon called the reminiscence bump. We are quicker to recognise tunes from this era than music we encounter at any other point in our lives, and also more likely to include them on our playlist. This powerful and robust effect occurs not just for music, but also films, books and even footballers.
Some 40, years ago, a slender bone flute was abandoned in a Central European cave. Carved with five finger holes and a tapered mouthpiece, the instrument dates from around the dawn of human settlement on the continent. Even that flute is probably a recent example of our musical development. Its sophisticated design suggests knowledge of acoustics, likely drawing on long-standing musical customs.