London, May 11 (ANI): People, who were listening to Mozart in the hope of boosting their intelligence, can stop now – as according to scientists the Austrian composer’s creations won’t make you smart.
For over 15 years, scientists have been discussing alleged performance-enhancing effects of hearing classical music. Now, University of Vienna researchers Jakob Pietschnig, Martin Voracek and Anton K. Formann present quite definite results on this so-called “Mozart effect” in the US journal Intelligence.
These new findings suggest no evidence for specific cognitive enhancements by mere listening to Mozart”s music.
In 1993, in the journal Science, the “Mozart effect” was first suggested by a scientific study, reports The Telegraph.
That study showed that teenagers who listened to Mozart”s 1781 Sonata for Two Pianos in D major performed better in reasoning tests than adolescents who listened to something else or who had been in a silent room.
However, now a team from Vienna University”s Faculty of Psychology has analysed all studies since 1993 that have sought to reproduce the Mozart effect and found no proof of the phenomenon”s existence.
“Those who listened to music, Mozart or something else – Bach, Pearl Jam – had better results than the silent group. But we already knew people perform better if they have a stimulus,” said Jakob Pietschnig, who led the study.
“I recommend everyone listen to Mozart, but it”s not going to improve cognitive abilities as some people hope,” he added. (ANI)