September 05, 2012

Music Makes You Smarter

So, I got this awesome email last week. Allison wrote and asked me if I'd be interested in checking out and maybe sharing this awesome article about the impact of music on our intellect. As in how music can improve the way we study and perform academically. :) 

I checked it out and it's great ;) So I decided to share it with you!

Music Makes You Smarter Infographic
You can check it out on the original web page here.

Although, I just want to say that listening to Mozart's Sonata won't improve your intelligence. It will improve only the spatial intellectual performance. And it only last 10-15 minutes after you hear the song ;) But still, it's great ;) I've tried and I think it works :P + the Sonata is so beautiful ;)

An entire industry has sprung from research on the Mozart effect, with companies and parents spending considerable money on CDs and books that suggest listening to Mozart will enhance intelligence. Albums called Mozart for Mommies and Daddies—Jumpstart Your Newborn’s IQ (Mozart, 1999) and Brain Boosters for Babies (Bach, 1999) have been issued, and books have been written that claim Mozart enhances intellectual functioning. These include such titles as The Mozart Effect for Children: Awakening Your Child’s Mind, Health, and Creativity with Music (Campbell, 2000). The Mozart effect even prompted Georgia Governor Zell Miller to ask the state legislature for $105,000 worth of classical music CDs for the state’s newborns, which a record company later donated (Sack, 1998). Unfortunately, the CDs, books, and Governor Miller have misinterpreted the Mozart effect. The Mozart effect does not claim music enhances general intelligence, but rather music temporarily enhances spatial ability. Furthermore, there are no published empirical experiments demonstrating the Mozart effect in infants, although Ivanov and Geake (2003) have reproduced the Mozart effect in primary school children. (Jones, West, Estell, 2006)

The Mozart effect first appeared in a one-page article in Nature (Rauscher, Shaw, & Ky, 1993). The study demonstrated that 36 college undergraduates temporarily improved their spatial intelligence after listening to 10 minutes of a Mozart sonata. The authors proposed that merely listening to music had “warmed-up” neurons also used for spatial performance, in this case one’s ability to mentally rotate three-dimensional objects (Rauscher, Shaw, & Ky, 1993). The findings were later coined the Mozart effect(Jones, West, Estell, 2006)

Hope this article helped you a bit with your studies! And thank you Allison again for letting me know about this!

Original Article:
Jones, M. H., West, S. D., & Estell, D. B. (2006). The Mozart Effect: Arousal, Preference, and Spatial Performance. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts , 26-32.
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