Music and the Mozart effect

29th October 2014


You know how music can improve your mood? Get you pumped at the gym? Cry you through that break up? Well, it can make you clever too. 

Scientists at Stanford University, in California, have recently revealed a molecular basis for the ‘Mozart Effect’. Dr. Rauscher and her colleague H. Li, a geneticist, discovered that rats, like humans, perform better on learning and memory tests after listening to a specific Mozart sonata. Amazing! 

It’s not just limited to Mozart with humans; the College Entrance Exam Board Service even conducted a study on students taking their SAT exams. The results showed that students who sang or played a musical instrument scored 51 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and an average of 39 points higher on math. 

What are the benefits of the Mozart effect?

  • Improves test scores
  • Cuts learning time
  • Calms hyperactive children and adults
  • Reduces errors
  • Improves creativity and clarity
  • Heals the body faster
  • Integrates both sides of the brain for more efficient learning
  • Raises IQ scores 9 points (research done at University of California, Irvine)

You can read the full article here


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