Journal article

Does listening to music increase your ability to discriminate musical sounds?

Laura W Wesseldijk, Fredrik Ullen, Miriam A Mosing

PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Music listening plays an important role in the daily lives of many. It remains unclear what explains variation in how much time people spend listening to music and whether music listening improves musical auditory discrimination skills. In 10,780 Swedish twin individuals, data were available on hours of music listening, musical engagement and musical auditory discrimination. Genetic and shared environmental factors together explain half of the variation in music listening in both sexes. Hours of music listening was positively associated with musical auditory discrimination in both sexes and this effect was independent of whether individuals played a musical instrument. However, the effect di..

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Awarded by Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation


Awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation


Awarded by Swedish Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The present work was supported by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (M11-0451:1), the Sven and Dagmar Salen Foundation and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation (MAW 2018.0017). We acknowledge The Swedish Twin Registry for access to data. The Swedish Twin Registry is managed by Karolinska Institutet and receives funding through the Swedish Research Council under the grant no 2017-00641.