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Child development and the Mozart effect

1. What can you tell me about the Mozart Effect?

2. Who did the original research?

3. What did the original research show?

4. What did Haberman's study show?

5. What did Weinberger have to say about the controversy?

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1. As you summarize the Mozart Effect, please note that it hypothesizes increased memory in participants who listened to Mozart's music or classical music as opposed to participants who were exposed to silence. The findings seem to suggest that memory improved with classical music because spatial abilities share the same pathways in the brain. They also linked increased IQ to classical music and Mozart exposure as well.

2. Please credit neurobiologist, Gordon Shaw, from the University of California at Irvine with this research (http://www.fortunecity.com/emachines/e11/86/mozart.html). Shaw examined nerve cell connection and how they adopted to "certain specific firing patterns and rhythms" (http://www.fortunecity.com/emachines/e11/86/mozart.html). Shaw argued that these natural patterns created the basic imprint for humans' mental activity.

Although research varies, many scholars also suggest that other researchers deserve credit. For example, " In 1993, Frances Rausher, Gordon Shaw and Katherine Ky published a brief paper stating whether exposure to certain music could increase a cognitive ability" ...

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