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Mozart Effect

Have you ever heard of 'Mozart Effect'?

What I'd heard was that one can enhance

his/her learning capacity by listening to Mozart,

So I made an experiment of it with the junior

high school students.

Before the exam, I played a little bit of Mozart,

I mean I put his music on and see how

the kids would respond to it.

All of them were so quiet for the first 5 minutes,

then one of them asked

'Why are you putting this music on today?',

so I said 'Well, I heard it would be beneficial to you. ;)'

Then the silence for another 10 minutes.

The same girl started to talk again.

'The melody is too dramatic.

I can't concentrate!' she said and others agreed.

We all laughed for a while.

What she was claiming was 'Mozart's side effect'

that I had never heard of! or 'Mozart effect's side effect'.

I don't know how you call it,

but We laughed about it anyway.

I got curious to know whether Mozart Effect was

just a rumor or a proven fact,

and I found this ↓

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1281386/

It seems that the research has not been finalized yet.


'So, does the Mozart effect exist? The generality
of the original positive findings has been criticized
on the grounds that any Mozart effect is due to
`enjoyment arousal' occasioned by this particular music
and would not take place in the absence of its appreciation.
This interpretation is countered by animal experiments
in which separate groups of rats were exposed,
in utero followed by a postpartum period of 60 days,
to Mozart's piano sonata K448, to minimalist music
by the composer Philip Glass, to white noise or to silence
and then tested for their ability to negotiate a maze.
The Mozart group completed the maze test significantly
more quickly and with fewer errors (P<0.01) than the other
three groups; thus, enjoyment and musical appreciation is unlikely
to have been the basis of the improvement10.'

'An enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning
performance after listening to Mozart's music for 10 minutes
has been reported by several, but not all, researchers.
Even in the studies with positive results the enhancement
is small and lasts about 12 minutes. The effect varies between
individuals and depends upon the spatial tasks chosen;
general intelligence is not affected. Rather more impressively,
there is a beneficial effect on some patients with epilepsy.
The results are not specific to Mozart's compositions
but the exact musical criteria required have not been completely defined.
The practical use of such observations is as yet uncertain,
especially since many of the experiments relate only to short
listening periods to Mozart's piano sonata K448.

More studies are necessary, involving longer-term
exposure to Mozart and to a wide selection
of other composers, before the effect can be
fully assessed.'