Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Interest in Music has Biological Roots

A recent study has shown that a person’s enthusiasm for music is neurological. At the University of Helsinki a research team studied how a persons neurological makeup affects their interest in music. The team studied 437 people from varying musical backgrounds and age groups. The participants were separated into groups of active listeners and passive listeners. The people in the study were subjected to three tests that measured their musical aptitude and DNA samples were taken.

Researchers have found that there is a connection between sound perception and social communication in humans and other species. This suggests that there is in fact a connection between interest in music and genetics. The participants that were listed as active listeners (frequent concert attendees) tended to have a higher music aptitude regardless of music education.

This particular study is part of a greater project that is studying the biological impact on musical aptitude. This research effort is one of the first of its kind and is still in progress. As an avid music listener I will be very interested to see how it progresses.

Posted by Jessica Kusmirek (2)


  1. As a music lover, I was unaware of the connection between music and genetics. It is great to know how one can learn from the music genetically without knowing anything about the music based on the research. However, I would like to see how the biological impact on musical aptitude is progressing.

    Posted by Arpita Patel

  2. This article is really interesting. It explains why I am an asonia. Because my parents are not fan in music. I think lots of human behaviors are related to gene. I read an article said, people can inherit suicide gene. That shows that if one of your parents or grands who suicided, you may have a higher possibility of suicide. I think it is amazing that if we can find which gene decide which human behavior.

    Posted by Minhui Dai

  3. Jessica KusmirekMarch 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    This connection between genetics was also new to me. I also am looking forward to following the progress of this study. It also makes me think about other traits and how they may have biological roots as well.
    You may be right about your tone-deafness. Yes this study made me wonder about other traits and their genetic basis.