Sunday, September 02, 2007

Is the Mozart Effect real?

As former student of Don Campbell who coined the phrase "The Mozart Effect" I often am put in the position of defending "The Mozart Effect." I have discovered that "Wikipdia" often has really good information on a wide variety of topics, so with that in mind, I offer you this:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Mozart effect refers to disputed scientific studies that test a theory suggesting that classical music increases brain activity more positively than other kinds of music,[1] and that listening to certain kinds of complex music may induce a short-lived (fifteen minute) improvement in the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as "spatio-temporal reasoning".[2] [3] Two pieces of Mozart's music; Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major (K. 448) and Piano Concerto No. 23 (K. 488), were found to have this effect. Later research also suggested that K. 448 can reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy.[4]

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