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Listening To Mozart Will NOT Make You Smarter

May 10

Full Article: Mozart’s Music Does Not Make You Smarter, Study Finds

For over 15 years, scientists have been discussing alleged performance-enhancing effects of hearing classical music. Now, University of Vienna researchers Jakob Pietschnig, Martin Voracek and Anton K. Formann present quite definite results on this so-called “Mozart effect” in the US journal Intelligence. These new findings suggest no evidence for specific cognitive enhancements by mere listening to Mozart’s music.

Their comprehensive study of studies synthesizes the entirety of the scientific record on the topic. Retrieved for this systematic investigation were about 40 independent studies, published ones as well as a number of unpublished academic theses from the US and elsewhere, totalling more than 3000 participants.

The University of Vienna researchers’ key finding is clear-cut: based on the cumulated evidence, there remains no support for gains in spatial ability specifically due to listening to Mozart music.

“I recommend listening to Mozart to everyone, but it will not meet expectations of boosting cognitive abilities,” says Jakob Pietschnig, lead author of the study. A specific “Mozart effect,” as suggested by Rauscher’s 1993 publication in Nature, could not be confirmed. The meta-analysis from the University of Vienna exposes the “Mozart effect” as a legend, thus concurring with Emory University psychologist Scott E. Lilienfeld, who in his recent book “50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology” already ranked the “Mozart effect” number six.

Full Article: Mozart’s Music Does Not Make You Smarter, Study Finds

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