Assignment #4 - Mozart Effect
The Mozart effect is about the supposed enhancement in intelligence after listening to classical music. When this idea appeared, this led to many parents to expose their children to classical music in hopes to achieve what the effect is supposed to do. Some findings show that the Mozart Effect is nothing but a parsimonious explanation for increased "intelligence" because of a boost in short-term arousal. Other findings show that the effect is nothing but a coincidence. Many began to be skeptical to this effect so scientists began to challenge the idea.
A research study was run that involved rats being placed into 4 groups. The groups were rats who listened to classical music, minimalistic music, white noise and silence. These rats were then tested for their ability to negotiate a maze.The mozart group was found to significantly complete the maze faster and with the fewest errors. The results showed a correlation between rats listening to mozart (classical) music and completed a task faster with fewest errors.
I strongly feel that this research claim was solely based on coincidence and I also really don't think that the mozart effect can really be proved. It could have been just by chance that the rats who listened to the mozart music did better. If this experiment was run several times i feel that their will be results that show rats in the other categories finishing faster. Thus, showing that the mozart effect is not always valid. In humans, i feel that some people do better on tasks while listening to mozart because it acts as only as a motivation to try to concentrate and perform better on the task, thus, showing "increased intelligence" or better results.
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