People’s musical taste
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Smart Alex’s Answers Chapter 12 Task 1 • People’s musical taste tends to change as they get older (my parents, for example, after years of listening to relatively cool music when I was a kid in the 1970s, subsequently hit their mid-fourties and developed a worrying obsession with country and western music–or maybe it was the stress of having me as a teenage son!). Anyway, this worries me immensely as the future seems incredibly bleak if it is spent listening to Garth Brooks and thinking ‘oh boy, did I underestimate Garth’s immense talent when I was in my 20s’. So, I thought I’d do some research to find out whether my fate really was sealed, or whether it’s possible to be old and like good music too. First, I got myself two groups of people (45 people in each group): one group contained young people (which I arbitrarily decided was under 40 years of age), and the other group contained more mature individuals (above 40 years of age). This is my first independent variable, age, and it has two levels (less than or more than 40 years old). I then split each of these groups of 45 into three smaller groups of 15 and assigned them to listen to either Fugazi (who everyone knows are the coolest band on the planet), ABBA or Barf Grooks (who is a lesser known country and western musician not to be confused with anyone who has a similar name and produces music that makes you want to barf). This is my second independent variable, music, and has three levels (Fugazi, ABBA or Barf Grooks). There were different participants in all conditions, which means
that of the 45 under fourties, 15 listened to Fugazi, 15 listened to ABBA and 15 listened to Barf Grooks; likewise of the 45 over fourties, 15 listened to Fugazi, 15 listened to ABBA and 15 listened to Barf Grooks. After listening to the music I got each person to rate it on a scale ranging from –100 (I hate this foul music of Satan) through 0 (I am completely indifferent) to +100 (I love this music so much I’m going to...