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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000407.txt from 2000/04

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Music Education = Academic Achievement
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 11:40:45 -0400

--- wrote:

> There was a study a while back that ended up being called "The Mozart Effect" which was
> misconstrued by the popular press as showing that listening to Mozart could help you become
> smarter. The reality of that study was that it showed that college students performed a test
> involving short-term memory better after listening to Mozart than a control group. It couldn't
> be extrapolated to either long-term memory or to non-college students.

If I remember correctly (and I may not), the Mozart effect pertained, in part, to
the tempo of the music. There was something in the study which led the experimenters
to conclude that listening to music with a pulse of 60 beats per minute or less had
the effect of making the brain more able to absorb new information and retain it (or
something like that). 'Never heard of a follow-up to validate.

-- Neil

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