August 31, 2013

Goldfish, the classical music aficionados: The famously forgetful fish can distinguish between Bach and Stravinsky, study shows

* Fish able to distinguish composers around three quarters of the time
* They even developed personal tastes, claims study by Japanese team

Goldfish may be forgetful, but when it comes to classical music, it seems they know what they like.
They can distinguish between a piece by 18th century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and one by 20th century Russian Igor Stravinsky, a study found.
Japanese researchers played goldfish Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. They trained four of them to bite a red bead on hearing one piece, but not the other.