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Can We Guess Your Age Based On How Much You Like These Sounds?

We'll tell you if your brain perceives music in the same way as a 90-year-old.

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Answer these five questions, then add up your score from each. We'll guess your age based on the total.

These sounds are from a Journal of Neuroscience study by Chris Plack and Olly Bones. The study found that aging affects how we perceive musical harmony.

To come up with a more accurate, scientific estimate of your age, we'd need to use a few equations (and we'd need more information from you), so this will just be a fun exercise loosely based on the study. Ready? Let's go.

This is a major second.

Olly Bones / Via m.jneurosci.org
  1. How much do you like this sound?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    It sucks!
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's all right.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's pleasing.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    I love it!
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This is a major third.

Olly Bones / Via m.jneurosci.org
  1. What do you think of this sound?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    It sucks.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Meh.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This isn't bad.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    I like it.

This is a minor seventh.

Olly Bones / Via m.jneurosci.org
  1. Do you like this sound?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Not really.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Indifferent.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sure. I guess.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Definitely!
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This is a minor sixth.

Olly Bones / Via m.jneurosci.org

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  1. How much do you like this sound?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Horrible.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's not bad.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's OK.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's wonderful.

This is a perfect fourth.

Olly Bones / Via m.jneurosci.org
  1. Do you like this sound?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's horrible.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Not really.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    I could get into this.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    I like this.
  1. Now you'll have to do some math and add up your score. What number did you get?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    5-9
    Correct
    Incorrect
    10-14
    Correct
    Incorrect
    15-18
    Correct
    Incorrect
    19
    Correct
    Incorrect
    20

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