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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.

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  1. How much do you like this sound?

    It sucks!
    It's all right.
    It's pleasing.
    I love it!

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

You got: 1

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You got: 2

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You got: 3

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You got: 4

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This is a major third.

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  1. What do you think of this sound?

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

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

You got: 1

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You got: 2

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You got: 3

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You got: 4

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This is a minor seventh.

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  1. Do you like this sound?

    Not really.
    Indifferent.
    Sure. I guess.
    Definitely!

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You got: 1

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You got: 2

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You got: 3

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You got: 4

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This is a minor sixth.

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  1. How much do you like this sound?

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

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

You got: 1

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You got: 2

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You got: 3

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You got: 4

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This is a perfect fourth.

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  1. Do you like this sound?

    It's horrible.
    Not really.
    I could get into this.
    I like this.

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

You got: 1

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You got: 2

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You got: 3

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You got: 4

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  1. Now you'll have to do some math and add up your score. What number did you get?

    5-9
    10-14
    15-18
    19
    20

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

You got: You're under 20.

You have a strong preference for consonance or musical chords that are pleasing. In the study, younger listeners rated dissonant chords (sounds that evoke tension) as less pleasant. You probably like the sound of the major third. You can hear the major third in "Kumbaya" and "When the Saints Go Marching In." You obviously listen to "Kumbaya" on repeat over and over again, instead of Taylor Swift, obviously.

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You got: You're in your twenties.

You prefer consonant sounds or musical chords that are pleasing. You don't really like dissonance or chords that make you feel tense. You're a fan of harmony. You probably like the perfect fourth, which is consonant. You can hear the perfect fourth a lot in Debussy's music, but you're probably too young to know who that is anyway, considering he died almost a century ago.

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You got: You're in your thirties.

You generally prefer consonance (or musical chords that are pleasing), but you don't mind dissonance (sounds that make you feel tense) from time to time. You have a wide variety of musical tastes.

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You got: You're in your forties.

You prefer dissonance (chords that make you feel tense). In the study, older participants generally preferred less pleasant chords (like the major second), but you're not that far off from someone in their twenties and you still listen to music in a similar way. You might like rock music or jazz.

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You got: You're over 50.

You strongly prefer dissonance (or musical chords that evoke tension, like the major second). You might be over 50, or maybe you're just not a fan of Western music in general. In fact, you might be a fan of Arabic music, which heavily uses the major second. You probably tell all the young'uns on your street to turn down the loud music and get off your lawn, because you know that their music sucks and you obviously have superior tastes.

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