Mozart Babies

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I found the article in our about The Mozart Effect to be rather interesting. The article described that a group of students that listened to a Mozart piano sonata shows a significant improvement on a spatial reasoning task compared to a group that listened to a relaxation tape.

The press soon got ahold of these results and ran with them. Before long companies were making Mozart tapes and CD's geared towards babies, claiming that they will boost an infant's intelligence. But can listening to a certain genre of music really make a child smarter?

Later research showed that the effect shown in the college students was due an increase in emotional arousal. Short-term arousal boosts alertness and is likely to increase performance on mentally demanding tasks. So while it can be a good idea to let young children listen to Mozart's work, it won't turn them into tiny geniuses.

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Although I like how concise you were at explain the Mozart Effect, it would be nice to have more information on the type of music Mozart played. Why did the students become more aroused? More detail could be emphasized on which of his compositions caused this and which didn't because maybe some of his songs didn't display the same theme.

Listening to Mozart often as a child may provide an environment that models cognitive and creative flow. The more a child responds with her own spirited thinking, feeling and playing while listening to Mozart or any other rhythmic and interesting music for that matter, should do nothing less than maintain curiosity and discovery.

Claims that you can bottle and make money from it might be overplayed and should always be met with skepticism.

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