He may have won top regional and state science-fair honors,
but probably at least some of his friends aren't talking to him.

Sixteen-year-old David Merrill, a student at Nansemond River High School
in Suffolk, Va., thought that the loud sounds of hard-rock music must have a
bad effect on its devoted fans and came up with a way to test that damage.

Merrill got 72 mice and divided them into three groups: one to test a
mouse's response to hard rock, another to the music of Mozart and a control
group that wouldn't listen to any music at all, rock or classical.

The young vivisectionist got all the mice accustomed to living in aquariums
in his basement, then started playing music 10 hours a day.

Merrill put each mouse through a maze three times a week that originally
had taken the mice an average of 10 minutes to complete.

Over time, t
he 24 control-group mice managed to cut about 5
minutes from their maze-completion time
.

The Mozart-listening mice cut their time back 8 1/2 minutes.

But the hard-rock mice added 20 minutes to their time, making
their average maze-running time 300 percent more than their original average.

Need we say more? Well maybe we do. Merrill told the Associated Press
that he'd attempted the experiment the year before, allowing mice in the
different groups to live together.
MUSIC CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO MOUSE HEALTH
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MUSIC CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO
MOUSE HEALTH
"I had to cut my project short because
all the hard-rock mice killed each other,"
Merrill said.

"None of the classical mice did that."
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