Published on July 13, 2016
They’re calling it the “Mozart effect” and a growing body of research is showing that simply listening to the classical composer’s music can boost your memory and improve your thinking skills.
The latest study, by from brain scientists from Sapienza University of Rome, tracked memory-related brain waves of 30 people before and after they listened to Mozart’s “L’allegro con spirit” from the Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K448, and Fur Elise by Beethoven.
They found that the patterns of participants’ brain wave activity — also linked to IQ, cognition, and problem solving — increased after hearing the Mozart piece, but not the Beethoven composition, the Daily Mail reports.
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“These results may be representative of the fact that Mozart’s music is able to ‘activate’ neuronal cortical circuits (circuits of nerve cells in the brain) related to attentive and cognitive functions,” the researchers concluded, adding that the results were “not just a consequence of listening to music in general.”
For the study, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, the researchers used EEG machines to record the electrical activity of the participants’ brains before and after they listened to the classical pieces.