The Mozart effect – music, increases the intelligence
The beneficial effect of classical music on a person has been discussed for a long time. Pregnant women are even advised to listen to such music so that the baby develops well and can reveal his talents. And since the 90 – ies of the XX century, there has been simply amazing information about the unique impact of Mozart’s music on the human brain. The unusual influence was called the Mozart effect. Until now, the commissioners are arguing about the nature of this phenomenon. Nevertheless, very interesting facts have already been collected.
The first experiments in this direction were conducted on rats. For two months, they were “forced” to listen to the same thing for 12 hours a day – Mozart’s Sonata in C major. As a result, the rats ” got smarter” and began to run through the maze 27% faster and made significantly fewer mistakes (37%) than normal rats.
As for people, here scientists have studied brain activity using magnetic resonance. Research has shown that any music affects the human brain. That is, it excites the area that is the auditory center. In some cases, areas of the brain associated with emotions were also aroused. But Telecomsolutions of Mozart’s music intensified almost Sykora. As the scientists figuratively put it, almost the entire cortex of the brain began to glow.
The power of Mozart’s music to influence the brain has been scientifically proven in two ways: the frequency of rhythm changes and the actual frequency of sound.
The first is due to the fact that our brain has cycles in its work. The nervous system, in particular, has a rhythm of 20-30 seconds. Scientists have suggested that the resonance in the cortex of the brain can just cause sound waves that oscillate with the same frequency. The University of Illinois analyzed the frequency characteristics of music by almost 60 different composers to determine how often waves of 20-30 seconds in length occur in a work. When we put all the data in one table, it turned out that the authors of primitive pop music were at the bottom, but Mozart took first place at the top.
It is in his music with its unique nuances, shimmering and flowing sounds that 30-second waves are repeated more OFTEN than in any other music. That is, in this music, the cherished 30-second rhythm “quietly-loudly” is sustained, which corresponds to the biorhythms of our brain.
On the other hand, high-frequency sounds have been shown to have the greatest resonance in the cortex (3 000 – 8 000 Hz). And Mozart’s works are literally saturated with high-frequency sounds.
Activation of the cerebral cortex is not just a scientific miracle. This is an objective process that stimulates thought processes and improves memory. Increased brain activity significantly increases a person’s intellectual level. American scientists have shown that if you listen to Mozart’s music for only 10 minutes, your IQ will increase by almost 8-10 units. So at the University of California, a very interesting experiment was conducted on how music affects students ‘ passing the test. 3 control groups were selected:
1-sat in complete silence;
2-listened to an audiobook;
3-listened to Mozart’s Sonata.
All students took the test Before and After the experiment. As a result, students improved their results
3 – by 62%.
Impressive results, isn’t it?!
European scientists have proved that under the influence of Mozart’s music, mental abilities increase, regardless of how it is treated (like it or not). Even after 5 minutes of listening, people noticeably increase their concentration and concentration.
This music has a particularly strong effect on children. Children develop their intelligence much faster. In the US, children were monitored for 5 years. Those children who attended music lessons for 2 years in a row had a significant development of spatial thinking.
In adults, the effect of exposure has a significant inertia. Some of them lost their brain activity with the last sounds. In others, the effect lasted longer, but then the brain returned to its original state. Hence the conclusion-it is necessary to constantly maintain youth.
An unprecedented example
I could not pass by such a striking example of the triumph of the influence of Mozart’s music. First of all, high sounds strengthen the microscopic muscles of the middle ear, which leads to improved hearing and speech. And our example about this.
Probably, few people know that the world-famous actor Gerard Depardieu in the 60s had a strong defect: he stuttered and did not remember much. Fortunately, in his life, a doctor met who determined that Gerard had serious problems with the middle ear, and attributed to him… several months of daily listening to 2 hours of Mozart music. The result was stunning, and we all know it.
Gerard completely got rid of stuttering, improved his memory, which allowed him to become a great actor. Then he will say:
Before I met Tomatis, I could not utter a single sentence to the end. He helped me complete my thoughts, taught me how to synthesize and understand the process of thinking itself.
I hope that this article made you want to listen to Mozart. In Canada, Mozart works are played on city squares at the state level (to reduce the number of accidents). You won’t hear classical music on our streets. Yes, we even have a hard time finding a radio station with normal music. But what prevents you from making yourself at least short sessions of music therapy from the amazing music of Mozart.