Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mozart effect? There isn't one.

Mozart might sound divine but unfortunately it does little to raise people's cognitive performance. In 1993 the journal Nature reported findings of enhanced performance among college students after listening to Mozart piano sonatas. However, researchers have been unable to reproduce these results since and a team of researchers from the University of Vienna have been conducting a review of research into the 'Mozart effect.' After reviewing around 40 studies covering more than 3,000 people they concluded that there was 'no support for gains in spatial ability specifically due to listening to Mozart music.' But, as Keats reminds us 'a thing of beauty is a joy for ever'!

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