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Friday, February 17, 2012

Mozart Schmozart

"Glenn Schellenberg, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, says that there is no Mozart effect. Any number of experiences besides listening to music might improve cognition. Most people find the music of Mozart pleasant to listen to, and it might increase dopamine levels in the brain, which is generally thought to improve cognition. But “eating chocolate might have the same effect,” Schellenberg says."

I was kind of sad to read this; I always liked the concept of the 'Mozart effect.' Though I do agree 100% with Schellenberg's other comment that eating chocolate may improve cognition. That's certainly always been my experience.

Maybe there isn't anything particularly enlightening about Mozart's compositions, but the article agrees that music in general can boost brain function; it's all about listening to what makes you happy.

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