Music Matters May 2015

Posted by in MusicMatters | April 30, 2015

The much-publicised “Mozart effect” that gained so much attention and publicity almost before it was published from its authors has been shown to draw some rather dubious conclusions about improving cognitive function and intelligence quotient (IQ).            The study on postgraduate students tested the spatial improvements after listening to either a Mozart piano concerto, a relaxation tape, or just silence and observed that those listening to the Mozart scored the highest results in a folded paper test. Subsequent research teased out the fact that it is more the improved mood and arousal levels that impact on the ability to score at a higher level on these tests. Those that didn’t get to hear the Mozart were possibly just bored! There is also still no clear evidence that pumping music into the amniotic sack of your unborn baby has any positive effect on cognitive function either!

There is, however, a plethora of research suggesting children learning a musical instrument for a significant part of their childhood perform better academically, are more socially grounded, more confident and better problem solvers. This is because of what is happening in their brain developmentally whilst doing so.

In adults, there is scientifically supported evidence that demonstrates music appreciation:

  • Eases pain
  • Aids in stroke recovery
  • Improves endurance and perceived exertion
  • Improves Parkinson’s disease symptoms
  • Accesses dementia patients (esp. when the patient listens to music from childhood)

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