Prelude or requiem for the ‘Mozart effect’?

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Kenneth M. Steele Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Rauscher et al. reported [1] that brief exposure to a Mozart piano sonata produces a temporary increase in spatial reasoning scores, amounting to the equivalent of 8-9 IQ points on the Stanford-Binet IQ scale [2]. Early attempts to confirm this 'Mozart effect' were unsuccessful [3, 4, 5, 6]. Rauscher et al. subsequently restricted their account to an improvement in spatial-temporal reasoning, as measured by the Paper Folding and Cutting task [7]. We use procedures modelled on the original report to show that there is little evidence for a direct effect of music exposure on reasoning ability.

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Steele, K. M., Dalla Bella, S., Peretz, I., Dunlop, T., Dawe, L. A., Humphrey, G. K., Shannon, R. A., Kirby Jr., J. L., & Olmstead, C. G. (1999). Prelude or requiem for the 'Mozart effect'? Nature, 400: 827. Published by the Nature Publishing Group (ISSN: 0369-3392). doi:10.1038/23611
Language: English
Date: 1999

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