Which is Better? This Mozart Sonata, or This Mozart Sonata?

From a study by V Macedo Batista Fiorelli, N Kasahara, R Cohen, A Santucci França, M Della Paolera, C Mandia, Jr and G Vicente de Almeida :

Methods: 60 naive normal subjects underwent AP (SITA 24-2). The study group (30 subjects) underwent AP after listening to Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major and the control group (30 subjects) underwent AP without previous exposure to the music.
Results: The study group had significantly less fixation loss, false positive, and false negative rates [emphasis added] compared to controls (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Listening to Mozart seems to improve AP performance in normal naive subjects.

What does all this mean? Fixation loss means your eye moves away from what you’re looking at. False-positive results mean that you look at the edge of your visual field when no stimulus is presented, and false-negative results mean that you don’t look at the edge of your visual field when something is actually there. So it seems that listening to Mozart improves the brain’s ability to keep your eyes “on track” and “on task”, and not be fooled.

Something to remember, the next time you’re standing in line to renew your driver license and you have to take the eye test . . . And who knows? It might even help your driving!

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