Even though they are still too young to speak, babies at just five months old are able to distinguish the differences between the works of major classical composers, scientists reveal.

Researchers found that babies responded differently to upbeat tunes, such as ‘Ode to Joy’ from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, compared to a selection of gloomier tunes.

I’d have some questions about the research, but I’m no scientist so I guess I’ll assume they know better than I!

I read it here, and you can too.


  1. You have to be very skeptical when you read a newspaper report citing “scientists” on the topic of music. And this one strikes me as patently absurd. Almost as silly as that spate of “Mozart effect” writings that were all the rage a few years ago.

    My first questions would be 1) what, exactly, do they mean by “respond differently”? and what are “gloomier tunes”?

    I mean, unless there’s some attempt to quantify the methodology and results, such that they might be repeatable, it just ain’t science.

  2. Yeah, but when they figure out how to clone the perfect oboe reed I’m right there. 😉