Music and Weed Control Research: Yes, There is a link!
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
2:50 PM - 3:10 PM
Listening to music has been used for speech therapy. However, a relationship between being a musician - the one playing the music - and having enhanced math and statistical skills has been shown in recent studies. Children who have had some musical training had better discrimination of rhythm and frequency. What has that got to do with being a good statistician, you say? The rhythm and frequency skills translate to having an enhanced ability to detect patterns in visual tasks. Hmmm, patterns, you say? When conducting visual weed control ratings, the assessment of good versus bad control is important. In addition, seeing the distribution and density of weed species in a test plot is also critical. Does this herbicide control all weed species or are some left while others are gone? Is the control in one plot the same as that treatment in other replications within the trial? Patterns, you say! As a percussionist (the one who plays the drums), I believe that I see the patterns in a weed control research trial. The presentation will further discuss this idea.