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So Classical Music Will Twist My Genes and Improve My Memory?

I’ll just quote from Psyblog so the message is crystal clear:

Listening to classical music enhances the activity of genes involved in learning and memory, a new study finds.

At the same time it reduces the activity of genes involved in neurodegeneration.

It is the first study to show how music affects the transcription of genes across the whole genome.

Transcription is the first step in how genes are expressed — in other words, how our genetic code is turned into proteins.

The study helps to explain the widespread effects of music on the brain.

Music has considerable power to enhance memory, cognitive performance and development, not to mention the emotions.

Read more here. Meanwhile, my question is this effect confined to just classical music? That somehow doesn’t seem right to me. I’m willing to get that there are plenty of other genres that are perfectly cable of doing some positive genetic engineering on us. Maybe that’s for another study.

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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