The drug Adderall, also known as "the study drug", has ignited increased interest on college campuses around the world. But most students have underestimated the potent effects that listening to an excerpt of any one of Mozart's classical sonatas can have on the human brain. According to a 1993 University of California study by Frances H. Rauscher, this musical stimulus has been proven to induce a short-term memory improvement, important for studying for the big test. Also, he concluded that listening can help spatial-temporal reasoning, a skill the brain has for solving abstract problems. Through the investigation of Rauscher, he found that participants scored the highest on the Stanford-Binet IQ Test when exposed to Mozart rather than pure silence.
I have always felt it is important to not only find a quiet place to study, but to incorporate some type of soothing music that can keep me relaxed and focused on the material I am studying. Therefore, when researching about this phenomenon I was curious on one particular aspect of the Mozart Theory. Is it specifically Mozart's sonatas that facilitate this increase in cognitive thinking or does it depend on the musical taste of the individual? I wondered if listening to heavy metal or rap music, genres that are not considered ambient and calming, can actually have a positive effect on those individuals who find the music most appealing. It is an angle worth investigating! Fire away with what you believe.
In conclusion, next time your thinking of buying the pill, look for the guy on the corner selling the Mozart CD instead. I've included a fresh sample of the product below.
College students take ADHD drugs for better grades - http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/01/health/drugs-adderall-concentration/index.html
Mozart effect- http://www.skepdic.com/mozart.html