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If a piece of music is pleasing to the ear, most people will listen to it, even if it makes them sad, psychologists at Pennsylvania State University report.

In a study of more than 50 volunteers, the psychologists played happy and sad songs and asked for ratings of the music. On average, the volunteers rated the sad tune more aesthetically pleasing than the happy song.

"Sad music can apparently serve as solace and provides a sense of not being alone in one's misery," said one of the psychologists conducting the test.

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