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The Mozart Effect – Reality or Myth?

In the early 90s, scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) experimented with the effect the music of Mozart has on the spatial-temporal-reasoning capacities of the human brain. The study suggested improved scores in IQ-tests after listening to the Mozart Sonata for Keyboard Four-Hands in D major. However, the so-called Mozart Effect is not without its critics.

20 November 2013 Events

The positive effect of music on the cognitive capabilities of the brain is a fact – music has the capacity to stimulate the brain. In 1993, this piqued the interest of a group of Californian researchers. They conducted a study with numerous participants, in the course of which the Mozart Sonata for Keyboard Four-Hands in D major was played to one third of the trial participants, neutral 'muzak' to another third, while the final third spent the test in complete silence. The result was astounding: the participants listening to Mozart scored significantly higher in test exercises.

Public interest for the Mozart Effect was enormous and culminated in several projects launched by the American government to improve the national education system.

A kind of magic?

It goes without saying that the study sparked controversy, but further studies and even experiments with rats yielded similar results. In the course of these experiments it was discovered that the brain reacts more strongly to the music of Mozart than to the work of other composers. It is fascinating that Mozart’s music had the strongest effect on participants with lower intelligence. “Dosed” with Mozart music, they scored significantly above the average.

Is Mozart’s music a magic potion to increase intelligence? Of course not. It is prudent to take the test results with a pinch of salt. Music in general has a strong impact on emotions and it is highly likely that a human being put in a good mood by listening to music would have been capable of better performances in their own right. Personal taste in music will most certainly have also had an influence. 

And science?

The Mozart Effect is still the subject of debate. Newer studies are more critical of the Mozart Effect. It is to be expected that this controversy will not be resolved in the foreseeable future. Why not give the Mozart Effect a try? Who knows what results it may yield for you…

The Mozart Effect: truth or myth?

The Mozart Effect: truth or myth?

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