Listening To Mozart Won’t Make You Smarter

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This myth was popularized by an experiment published in Nature in 1993 by the University of California at Irvine. In this study, they had 36 students listen to 10 minutes of Mozart before taking a spatial IQ test. Their claim was that this increased the spatial IQ score of the students by an average of about 8 points, due to increasing performance in specific types of spatial-temporal tasks.

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  1. That statistic about young children learning music… 40%? Holy shit. You bet your ass I’ll remember that for my kids.

  2. But listening to music overall has been shown to have numerous positive cognitive effects. I wouldn’t say permanently increased IQ is one of them, but there are tons of others.

  3. Shh. Be quiet this is what I tell people when they ask my why I am so smart, and I don’t want to talk to them.

  4. awesome video as always. I have a suggestion. the idea of to put Spanish subtitles and maybe other languages. the knowledge would spread and more people will watch the videos. if need help I could make it. or even the fans all together. even I can use speech software.
    excellent video.

  5. Listening to Mozart might not make you smarter, but it will certainly make you /feel/ smarter.

  6. The idea that sound can effect the brain makes sense, and has been proven, but the idea that it can be as simple as Mozart = higher IQ is plain silly.

  7. The English subtitles often don’t match what’s being spoken. Around the last minute of the video, they are comically fast for a while. I’m guessing the video was edited shorter or somebody is joking around.

  8. There is a study saying listening to relaxing music, including Mozart does improve learning as opposed to listening to heavy beats. There is even a perceptible change in infant breathing patterns when listening to Mozart as opposed to a heavier more dramatic classical piece.

  9. Only mastering to play Mozart well will make people smarter. Or it could be that only intelligent people can play Mozart well.

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