blissinger – Maybe the brain is hardwired to respond one way to minor chords, another to major chords. But then how do we explain, for example, Chinese singing, which just sounds like a tortured cat to anyone whose brain isn’t adapted to it. So how much of our response is organic and how much is cultural?
Ermilia – I’ve never taken music theory, but my mom is a psychologist. She did some very interesting experiments about how music affects intelligence. She had rats run a maze and then listen to music, The classical rats made it through the maze faster, the country rats made it through a little slower. The rats without music got a little faster and the hard metal rats became violent, had to be separated, and tried to eat the maze. Needless to say I was only allowed to listen to classical growing up. -Eliabeth