Music And Spatial Task Performance

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For decades there has been research and study, debate and critique, media, marketing, and mystery surrounding one theory: music makes you smarter. It isn’t a new thing for parents to play Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major for their infant in the hopes that it will somehow increase their chances of becoming a child prodigy, but it has been years since “the Mozart effect” was presented to the public. It was 1993 when Frances H. Rauscher first considered the effects of musical exposure. The same year he published an article in Nature entitled “Music and spatial task performance” in which he reported that only ten minutes of listening to a Mozart sonata produced short-term increases in spatial reasoning skills, thus termed “the Mozart effect” (Moreno 2). But Rauscher was only the first and the findings have only multiplied in the last twenty years. Teachers, parents, scientists, psychologists and musicians all over the world having been searching to discover if musical training or expertise truly increases your intelligence, and countless studies have been done in which the link between music and cognition or intelligence is closely examined. While great strides have been made and the findings are of significant value, the problem seems to be finding absolute causality between musical training and increased intelligence. Substantial evidence from many different studies has shown higher scores on tests involving certain language skills and mathematic skills, as well as
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