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Ever wonder why people love music so much? One of the first things infants in the womb are aware of is their mother’s heart- beat averaging about 60 to 120 beats per minute. An infant’s heart rate is a little higher. So, is it any surprise that the average of these two heart rates coincides with tempos of music that people like most at 80 to 120 beats per minute? Furthermore, scientific research shows that the optimal tempo of human activity is very similar to the musical tempo that humans prefer. Dave will explore the reasons that people have such deep love of music, the appeal of certain types of music, and how musicians use musical notes and chords to affect emotions.

Dave Dustin holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Maryland University and retired from Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory in 2012 after 38 years of service. During the years of 2000 to 2006 he worked as a cyber-security consultant to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. He is now serving on the UUFR-VA Board of Stewards as past-president, is past-vice president of the Kids First Foundation, is past-board member of the Rappahannock Amateur Radio Club and is a member of the Lancaster County branch of the NAACP. He is currently president of the Betz Landing Homeowners Association and president of the Betz Landing Homeowners Scholarship Fund; volunteers along with his wife, Terrie, to deliver meals to elderly shut-ins for the Meals-on-Wheels program; and, along with Terrie, does furniture pick-ups for the Interfaith Service Council.

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