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Mozart Does Not Affect Intelligence

Contrary to the common quip that listening to Mozart will actually increase one’s IQ, a systematic review of literature on the subject performed by the German research ministry concluded there to be no affect on intelligence by passively listening to Mozart – or any other kind of music. The team consisted of nine German neuroscientists, psychologists, educationalists and philosophers – all music experts.

The idea of a "Mozart effect; was sparked in 1993 when a study concerning music and spacial task performance found an increase in ability after listening to Mozart for 10 minutes. It led to a variety of commercial applications, such as media claiming to increase your well-being through music. Recent articles on the subject have ranged from claiming a molecular basis for the phenomenon, to setting the wildly popular application for child development squarely on the shoulders of commercialism.

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Humm…certainly does sound logical that classical music should have some stimulating effect on brain activities.

Dang! My whole raison d’etre for the past few months has been banking solely on the benefits of the "OmniNerd Effect"….

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Mozart Effect by Anonymous

Has anyone found the website for or read this paper that is referenced on several websites? I cannot find any links to the "German Research Ministry" or the report…… I can find the European Research Ministry which includes Germany and there is no mention of this research at all..

The ready popular acceptance of the ‘Mozart effect’ as if it were a scientific fact speaks volumes about contemporary society and the quest to get something for nothing, such as ‘intelligence’ without concerted and directed effort. The most worrying manifestation of this has been the marketing of tapes and CDs purporting to be Mozart for Babies_. It appears to me that many parents today are just too busy chasing their dreams of professional and social success to invest much time in raising up their offspring. A few years back, Alison Gopnik of UC, Berkeley and others had brought out a fascinating book called The Scientist in the Crib, What Early Learning tells us About the Mind19/002-4746500-3091253. The authors relate experimental and other evidence that supports the call for parents and other care-givers to provide a stimulating environment involving human interaction to help grow the brains of infants. Popping in a Mozart CD in the latest Bose surround-sound home theatre may make the parents feel smart and successful, but the evidence mentioned in this news article suggests that unless they also spend a lot of time playing with their kids, such parents would probably be stoking their delusionary ego more than they would be helping develop the neuronal networks of their kids.

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