posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 11:16 PM
I love classical music at least as much as the next guy, probably more. Aside from listening to it since an early age, I play classical piano.
However, the Mozart Effect is mostly wishful thinking. I wish it were true, but unfortunately it doesn't work that way.
It is true that when certain music is played, people tend to feel more relaxed - at least, Westerners do. Soft, peaceful classical music can" soothe
the savage breast", so to speak. It is entirely possible that the relaxing music played over a public sound system might reduce some violence, at
Unfortunately, many of the other claims for the Mozart Effect are beyond reason and not well documented. There is little evidence to show that
playing Mozart or other classical music will make anyone smarter. Again, they may be more relaxed, and that might help them with learning tasks, but
that would be true of anything that helped them to relax. Playing Mozart for your unborn fetus isn't going to turn your child into a genius. It
could possibly help you to relax and feel better, which is reason enough to play such music.
Most of the claims for the Mozart Effect are qualities that are difficult or impossible to measure. We don't even know what we mean when we speak of
"intelligence". We know that there are many different types of "intelligence", ranging from emotional to mathematical to spatial to verbal, and
so on, and so forth. It is almost impossible to measure something as nebulous as "well-being" or "performance". I believe it is impossible to
distinguish the so-called "Mozart Effect" from the effects of simple relaxation. Such tests have not been performed.
I would say that any technique that helps a person to relax, would produce something similar to the "Mozart Effect". Guided meditation, breath
work, relaxation exercises, even massage would likely produce similar results. The bottom line is relaxation, not Mozart. A relaxed person is more
efficient, more effective, and is likely to report higher well-being. S/he's also less likely to get into fights.