Skills Acquired in Learning Music Generalize

From a study by Kaplan, RS and Steele, AL: The researchers analyzed data related to goals and outcomes over 2 program years for 40 music therapy clients, ranging in age from 2-49 years, with diagnoses on the autism spectrum. They Read More …

The Mozart Effect Successfully Replicated

From a study by Rideout BE, and Taylor J: Previous research has demonstrated that 10 min. exposure to classical music can influence performance on a spatial task. The effect, however, has not been robust, suggesting a sensitivity to individual differences Read More …

Attention and Reaction More Balanced in Musicians’ Brains

From a study by Patston LL, Hogg SL, and Tippett LJ: Attention in neurologically intact adults normally errs towards the left side of space, as documented in studies involving tasks of visual attention (i.e., line bisection). The aim of this Read More …

Mozart Effect, This Time by the Numbers

From a study by Ho C, Mason O, and Spence C: In the present study, we examined whether the ‘Mozart effect‘ would influence participants’ temporal attention using a visual attentional blink (AB) task that provides a reliable measure of the Read More …

Musicians Learn Everything Faster

From a study by Rosenkranz K, Williamon A, and Rothwell JC: Musicians not only have extraordinary motor and sensory skills, but they also have an increased ability to learn new tasks compared with non-musicians [emphasis added]. We examined how these Read More …

Classical Music and The Real World

Occasionally, some of my friends take me to task about my blog entries, and that’s fine. They want to bring me back to the real world. They tell me that it’s wonderful I’m aggregating all these studies, but that what Read More …

Mozart Improves Test Performance

From a study by M. Keyhani and M. Shariatpanahi: Materials and methods: Forty medical students randomly assigned to music and control groups. This randomization was performed in a way to maintain an equal sexual distribution between the two groups to Read More …

Classical Music Increases Performance

From a study by R. G. Thompson, C. J. A. Moulin, S. Hayre, and R. W. Jones: Exposure to some music, in particular classical music, has been reported to produce transient increases in cognitive performance. The authors investigated the effect Read More …