Music Training Makes You A Better Listener
The study, which will appear in the April issue of Nature Neuroscience, is the first to provide concrete evidence that playing a musical instrument significantly enhances the brainstem's sensitivity to speech sounds. This finding has broad implications because it applies to sound encoding skills involved not only in music but also in language.
Or you could all just learn some Mandarin. Cantonese might be better. It's got twice as many tonal sounds. Too bad Mandarin's the official language.
Wait. Are you suggesting that chinese people are good listeners? I'm only really familiar with one chinese family but i wouldn't list 'listening' in their strengths category.
To the main point of the article, you have to weigh these benefits against the fact that listening to all this high volume pop music makes you deaf.
actually, they do their best to drown out everyone else so that they can only hear the sound of their own voices. they must suspect that if they actually heard what someone else said, their brains would force them to comprehend it.
so, really, it is true. they're just really good at only listening to themselves.
oh god... this'll just make more yuppies go out and buy those pregnancy-headphone-thingies.