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And if PARAKEETS like classical...

Posted at 3:24 PM on June 10, 2008 by Fred Child

From the Schenectady, New York Daily Gazette comes this scientific analysis of the effects of classical vs. rock.

SCHENECTADY -- Apparently, animals don't like rock music.

That was one of the conclusions of a project that students at Schenectady High School's International Baccalaureate biology class have been working on to study animal behavior. Students paired up to perform experiments to see how the rabbits, ducks, hamsters, birds, chickens and other animals respond to colors and sounds.

Eighteen-year-old senior Shannon Gorman was doing a study with a parakeet named Wilson. They played "The Nutcracker Suite" and then a rock song.

"The times we played the Nutcracker, he likes to sing to it," she said. "He tends to move closer to the music and with the rock, he tends to stay still."

Senior Sarah Williams, 18, was doing a similar experiment with a guinea pig named Margaret. They put on pop, Latin and rock music. "She doesn't like rock. She just stays there and she doesn't move," she said. "I think she was scared of it because it was so loud."

Note to Sarah: You're not far from Tanglewood, but whatever you do, DON'T TAKE MARGARET THIS SUMMER. The Boston Symphony is doing a couple of Mahler symphonies.

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