December 2013

Mozart effect proved untrue by Harvard--why no one should care

Last week, a group of Harvard researchers discredited the widely held notion that exposing your children to classical music makes them smarter. In a paper titled "Two Randomized Trials Provide No Consistent Evidence for Nonmusical Cognitive Benefits of Brief Preschool Music Enrichment," published in the open-access journal PLos ONE, doctoral student Samuel Mehr and Dr. Elizabeth Spelke stated that previous studies claiming that music education increases a chlid's IQ did not utilize proper research methods.