Effect of Different Music Genres on the Mind

6676 Words Nov 24th, 2012 27 Pages
Individual Research Project
FIRST-HAND INVESTIGATION
BIOLOGY

The Effect of Different Music Genres on the Human Mind:

* Concentration * Spatial Reasoning * Short-Term Memory * Reaction Time

Timothy Yee Joy

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Why I chose this topic ............................................................................3

Summary of Prior Research......................................................................4

Appendix of Research and Assessment of Reliability .............................6

Prior Analysis of Experiment: Range of Possible Procedures & Justification of Chosen Method...........7 Discussion of validity in Chosen method.................................................13

Assessment of
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It has been shown that one of the strongest effects of music on the brain is in the area of memory. A tempo of a steady rate of 60 beats per minute is shown to be ideal for positive effects on one’s memory as it is proven that the silence between two musical notes triggers the brain cells and neurons, which are responsible for the development of sharp memory. Classical music fits into both of these criteria’s, proving that it is the most beneficial music genre for improving one’s intellectual ability.

Research has also proven that classical music from the baroque period causes the heart beat and pulse rate to relax to the beat of the music. As the body becomes relaxed and alert, the mind is able to concentrate more easily.

The Mozart effect is a phenomenon that states that when an individual listens to classical music, their intellectual and motor abilities increase and become more efficient. It has a profound effect on young children because their minds are still developing at a rapid rate and their neural pathways are easily influenced.

The music composed by Mozart has a 60 beat per minute pattern that is repetitive throughout his pieces. This pattern activates the right and left hemispheres of the brain and it strengthens the connections between the neurons that connect the two halves. Strengthening of the neural connections leads to more efficient information processing because the brain must concentrate on comprehending multiple stimuli and it therefore
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