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Medical Mozart does not make you smarter

  1. Apr 16, 2007 #1
    From Nature.com/news


    According to the article, there has never been a systematic review of the literature supporting the so-called Mozart Effect until now. The report concluded that

    "Passively listening to Mozart — or indeed any other music you enjoy — does not make you smarter. But more studies should be done to find out whether music lessons could raise your child's IQ in the long term..."

    I think it was mostly wishful thinking anyway, part of the cult of Mozart. However I do think that Mozart can have a marked effect on one's mood. Does for me anyway.
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  3. Apr 29, 2007 #2
    Type_7 says: "I do think that Mozart can have a marked effect on one's mood."

    What if IQ is partially produced by your mood?

    If I am obsessing over something that upset me, then I take an IQ test, I will (undoubtedly) do worse on the test ... AND so I will have a lower IQ because of it.

    On the other hand, I just had a wonderful night's sleep.
    I love Mozart's music.
    For 2 hours before I take my IQ test, I play my absolute favorite songs.
    Then, I take the test.
    I am relaxed and refreshed.
    I will (probably) do better on the IQ test.
    Therefore, Mozart improved my IQ.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2007
  4. May 1, 2007 #3


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    I think your mental performance as a lot to do with your mood. This has probably been established.
  5. May 3, 2007 #4
    Which is one of the reasons (along with fatigue) that comprehensive performance evaluations are often scheduled over a period of days. You might be in a better mood one day than the next. I once endured a battery of assessment tests that lasted for eight hours over a two day period. I wish it had been two hours a day or at least a day of rest in between. One thing affecting my mood was the pressure to perform well, which was much less on the second day as my confidence grew (but so did my fatigue).

    One of the characteristics of a good mood is an absence of fear (no worries). Fear can certainly hamper the brain's performance. Depression does too. What I wonder is which specific aspects of performance are most affected. The timed tests, which are often actually performance under pressure tests, are more easily handled when one is feeling relaxed and confident. On the other hand, depression has been linked to creativity among artists and writers, so would one perform better on the creativity tests if one were depressed?
  6. May 3, 2007 #5
    I never understood this "Mozart makes you smarter argument". I find Mozart's music far from analytical, on the contrary, I find it playful, emotional and sometimes dramatic. Bach would be a much more obvious candidate to me.
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