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A 1993 study of college students showed that performances on spatial reasoning tests improved after listening to a Mozart sonata. That led to the belief that listening to Mozart temporarily increases IQs. This idea isn't necessarily supported by science, though. Ani Patel, an associate professor of psychology at Tufts University and the author of “Music, Language, and the Brain,” says that while listening to music can be relaxing and contemplative, the idea that simply plugging in your iPod is going to heighten your intelligence doesn’t quite hold up to scientific scrutiny. She explains the complexity of music neuroscience, a new area of research that explores music's effect on our brains. She believes the true power of music comes not just from listening, but from playing. There is plenty of evidence that shows that if you play a musical instrument, especially early in life, that you have better reading skills, better math skills, etc. Music neuroscience is just looking into why that is exactly. This field is immensely important in an era of cutting art and music classes. “If we know how and why music changes the brain in ways that affect other cognitive abilities,” he says, “this could have a real impact on the value we put on it as an activity in the schools, not to mention all the impact it has on emotional development, emotional maturity, social skills, stick-to-itiveness, things we typically don’t measure in school but which are hugely important in a child’s ultimate success.” So don't stop listening to that Mozart, but if you really want to work your brain, pick up an instrument! It is never too late. For the full story, I attached the link :)
@cindystran @caricakes and also music help us relief our stress, when I get a lot of stress, I start to sing a song with my guitar, it will slowly calm me down and make me feel better, works well for me ;)
I also believe that those that play an instrument can then feel the benefits of simply listening to music more, because it activates their minds and returns them to a similar state as when they were playing.
(I pressed the enter button too soon). In fact, those who listen to upbeat music seems to finish the task faster. The task accuracy between the both don't show any significant differences. Perhaps, it depends on the person as well.
@Dyudhistira14 It definitely generates more creativity. @caricakes and you're right. It is not limited to classical music. I also tested upbeat music (rock, pop) during the experiment and it didn't affect their focus performance.
@cindystran @Dyudhistira14 I find that when I am both listening and playing music I can focus and think more deeply. It's definitely not always classical music though!
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