You know that listening to your favorite song can elevate the mood just like that! Researchers have now found out that the songs you listen to, are not only good for your spirits but is also making you smarter.
Yes, it might be a little difficult to digest for some of us, but that is what studies have suggested. Keep reading to know more about it.
Listen to Music
Have you heard about the Mozart Effect and the coveted composer? Born in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is recognized as one of the greatest composers who has ever lived. Around the late 20th century, a study claimed that after listening to Mozart’s melodies for just 10 minutes, the subjects of the experiment displayed higher spatial reasoning skills as compared to hearing instructions for lowering blood pressure or sitting in silence.
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As soon as the study was released, it took the society by storm, and all of a sudden, parents were playing Mozart to their children, hoping that the intelligence of the musician would rub off on their kids just by listening to his compositions. The extent of the theory was such that the Governor of Georgia in the US, Zell Mille proposed to set some money aside for the government to send a CD of classical music to every child born in the state.
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Pick an Instrument
Several types of research have also been carried out to see how the brain of a musician works. Boston Children’s Hospital undertook a study on children as well as adults which revealed the existence of a positive correlation between music training and executive function. Executive functions (EFs) are a cognitive process of the high-level that help in processing and retaining information. Executive functions of the brain are also responsible for regulating our behavior, making right decisions and adjusting to changing mental demand.
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Some studies conducted before this one had also suggested a positive relationship between a person’s cognitive abilities and musical training, but only a few tried to establish the relation between music practice and EF. During the research at Boston Children’s Hospital, adults and children with musical training displayed better performance on various executive functioning aspects. The MRI that was conducted during a test which required subjects to perform different mental tasks showed an increased activation in specific areas in the prefrontal cortex of children with musical training.
Look at Some Evidence
Albert Einstein’s mother played piano and wished her son learned violin. By the age of 13, he loved Mozart’s sonatas and became an exceptional violinist without ever practicing systematically. This same man went on to publish the special theory of relativity, one of the most revolutionary theories in the world of science, in his mid-twenties.
The great scientist credited the music as the force behind his achievements when he said, “it occurred to me by intuition, and the music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.” So did music create Albert Einstein? Or would he have been a nobody had his mother not urged him to play music? We may never understand, but what we do know is that music was a significant part of his life.
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While most of the people are of the belief that music helps in the development of the brain, researchers have mixed opinions on the matter. So, investigators from Harvard University examined the research that has been carried out so far. They observed that only five from dozens of those studies conducted randomized trials, which is the core principle for any scientific research. They further came to a conclusion that only one of those experiments could conclude a correlation between music training and increased brain function to a certainty. However, even that trial revealed an increase in the IQ by just 2.7 points in people who undertook music lessons for one year. The difference was insignificant.
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Although the scientific community hasn’t come to a unanimous conclusion as to if and how much effect listening to or playing music has on our brain, most of the people consider it to be positive and considerable.
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