> From: BRENNANS
> Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 1997 8:06 AM
> Subject: FW: Music
> Science whiz says hard rock music damages ability to learn
> SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - Heavy metal music fans were prepared
> for parental
> advisory stickers. They probably weren't ready to hear a
> teen-ager say
> their favorite music could lead to bad grades.
> David Merrell, a Suffolk high school student, was so
> That hard rock music is bad for the brain that he picked
> up 72 male lab mice, a stopwatch, a 5- by 3-foot maze and some CDs to
> prove his point.
> The 16-year-old from Nansemond River High School ended
> up winning
> Top honors in regional and state science fairs.
> David said a group of mice exposed to hard rock music
> took 30
> Minutes to bump through his maze. The same mice got through the maze in
> 10 minutes three weeks earlier.
> "It was like the music dulled their senses," David said.
> shows point-blank that hard rock has a negative effect all around."
> David assembled three groups of 24 mice - a control
> group, a hard
> Rock group and a classical group - for his experiment. Each white mouse
> Was just weeks old and weighed between 15 and 20 grams.
> The mice spent the first week getting adjusted to David's basement.
> They received measured feedings and 12 hours of light
> daily. Each
> mouse navigated the maze to establish a base time of
> about 10
> minutes. David started playing music 10 hours a day. The
> control group navigated without music. He put each mouse through the
> maze three times a week for three weeks.
> The control group cut five minutes from its original
> time. The
> Mice that listened to Mozart knocked 8-1/2 minutes off their time.
> The hard rock mice didn't even bother to sniff the air to find
> the trails of other mice and lost some 20 minutes.
> David thinks the negative effects go beyond learning.
> David housed each mouse in separate aquariums during the
> four-month experiment. During a similar project last year, he kept the
> different groups of mice together.
> The results were mortifying.
> "I had to cut my project short because all the hard rock
> killed each other," David said. "None of the classical mice did that at
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