Ongoing History Daily: Another medical mystery of music

I love medical studies involving music.  Scientists at the Universite de Bretagne-Sud and the Universite de Paris-Sud discovered that it’s more likely that an average-looking dude will get a phone number from a hot-looking woman if the woman has been exposed to romantic music first. 

Researchers looked at French women between 18 and 20 and exposed a controlled group to romantic music before sending them in to talk to average-looking guys.  Those who heard romantic music before their talks were 52% more likely to give up a phone number than those who sat in silence.  Interesting hook-up tip. 

But why conduct this study at all?  Because behaviorists are most interested in the effects background music has on what we do, how we think, and how we’ll act.  There are actually deeper implications to these results than just getting a phone number.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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