A 6 page research paper that thoroughly investigates the Mozart Effect, which refers to the temporary increase in temporal-spatial ability observed in some studies after listening to a Mozart sonata. The writer discusses what research actually says about the Mozart Effect, as well as the marketing blitz that this research has ignited. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
Mozart Effect - properly!
The "Mozart Effect" first became part of the national lexicon in 1993 when two sets of studies performed by researchers at the University of California at Irvine documented short
term increases in performance on tests for spatial reasoning after listening to Mozarts Sonata for Two Pianos (Demorest and Morrison 33). The original 1993 study was quite small A 1995
study was larger and involved seventy-nine college students who took a single spatial reasoning test, which was derived as a subtest of the Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale (Demorest and Morrison
33). After the student took the text together on the first day, they were subdivided into three groups for the remainder of the testing period. During the next phase
of the test, twenty-six students listened to ten minutes of silence; twenty-seven listened to ten minutes of Mozart; and twenty-six listened to a mix of various sort of music (Demorest
and Morrison 33). The group that listened to Mozart improved significantly in their performance between day one and day two and also between day two and three. However, group
that listened to silence improved also between days two and three. On a separate short-term memory test, the presence of music made no significant difference (Demorest and Morrison 33). The
researchers concluded that the Mozarts group improvement was due to listening to music, but that the silence groups improvement was due to the learning curve (Demorest and Morrison 33). However,
other scholars point out that the researchers offer no explanation as to why the results should be interpreted as having two distinctly different causes. Furthermore, attempts by other researchers to