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Monday, 30 April 2012

Improbable research: The highs and lows of the musical eyebrow

You couldn't make this stuff up. Usually, academics are given huge grants to fund rsearch into possible cures that can affect millions of people. Read on for this is an exception to the rule.

Research by Danish and American researchers shows that eyebrows go higher when singers sing high notes than they do when they sing low notes. Er... right. Thanks for that.

Justin Bieber
 Justin Bieber hits a low note. Photograph: ITV1
When singers sing high notes, their eyebrows go higher than when they sing low notes. While that may not be an absolute physiological rule, a team of Danish and American researchers discovered that it happens pretty consistently. They lay out the evidence, and explain what it may mean, in a study called Facial Expression and Vocal Pitch Height: Evidence of an Intermodal Association, published in 2009 in the journal, Empirical Musicology Review.

 So now you know. When you see the contestants on American Idol or Britains Got Talent, singing high and low notes whether its falsetto or acapelco, you know that somewhere out there is a lonely academic sitting on his computer computating data that proves it. Guess we can all sleep well in our beds now that we know that!

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