Sunday, May 23, 2010

Can music really raise our IQ?

Music is found everywhere and has even become a part of our society. While people tend to enjoy different types of music, there has been one in particular that may change or at least at one time has believe to of changed your intelligence, Mozart. It has been said that classical music ill improve your spacial ability along with your IQ. Listening to Mozart has been an example of why it is essential to be able to have been replicated before claiming a causation among raising some one's IQ.

In the book: Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal, Readings for General Psychology by Timothy J. Lawson, a study conducted by Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky (1993), illustrated that after listening to Mozart, 36 college students showed an increase on spatial reasoning scores on the Stanford-Binet scale of intelligence. Even though the significance was very small (only about 8 IQ points) pseudoscience took over and claimed that we can all raise our IQ, forcing causation rather than an insignificant correlation which made this bogus theory very popular. However, after several experiments tried to reproduce the same results, there was not any differences between the participants. It is suggested psychologically that while music itself cannot exactly help your IQ, those who are fortunate to have classical music in their households will have their children benefit anyway. Not because of the music but rather that type of music typically owned by families with a lot of wealth and therefore resources that would be able to benefit their children and enable them to learn and educate themselves possibly better then other children.

While the Mozart effect may be a fluke other than the original experiment conducted, I guess it wouldn't hurt to try and raise either our own IQ or our children's by simply listening to classical music.

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