Can Mozart make your child smarter?

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Many parents around the world are always looking for ways to increase their baby's intelligence. Playing Mozart music has recently become the new trend. According to the article, The Mozart Effect featured on BBC ( in 1993 at the University of California, physicist Gordon Shaw and Francis Fauscher, played ten minutes of Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major to a group of college students. They found that it did temporarily increase the student's spatial-temporal reasoning, but quickly faded. Due to these results, parents quickly adapted this concept in hopes of improving their baby's intelligence. According to Dr. Alexandra Lamont, "There is no evidence that just listening to music, not learning to play an instrument has any effect at all with children or with babies." There have been claims that Mozart's music produces 60 beats in one minute, which coincides with the heartbeat of the foetus, but this article brings up a great point that some recorded rock music has a 60 beats per minute song. If the claim was true then the rock music should be equally effective in raising IQ.

According to the six scientific principles, this claim can not be a theory because it does not rule out rival hypothesis. A possible explanation could be that the child was also involved in music lessons. Music lessons have been proven in early childhood, particularly before the age of seven, can have a lasting effect on their development. Piano lessons have been proven to help develop children's' spatial-temporal intelligence.
The Mozart Effect does not have enough evidence and according to our Psychology book, young children often have trouble with spatial-temporal intelligence. In Piaget's theory, he characterized the sensorimotor stage by a focus on the here and now without the ability to represent experiences mentally. Many psychologists have inferred concepts that disprove the Mozart Effect.

If the Mozart Effect actually worked, why wouldn't there be little geniuses running around everywhere? If babies actually gained intelligence through Mozart music, moms would be running to the store to buy his CD's. If this were the case, babies would be constantly listening to Mozart, increasing their intelligence. If intelligence was that easy to gain, who determines who get what job, if we are all equally smart? If the Mozart Effect was actually true, it would cause many problems in society.

This article and theory about Mozart Effect was really intriguing to me because I have seen many commercials offering the audience to buy CD's. They claim that it has been proven to work, but after reading this article I am hesitant to believe such thing.


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