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Neurosci Lett. 1995 Feb 6;185(1):44-7.

Listening to Mozart enhances spatial-temporal reasoning: towards a neurophysiological basis.

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  • 1Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, University of California, Irvine 92717, USA.


Motivated by predictions of a structured neuronal model of the cortex, we performed a behavioral experiment which showed that listening to a Mozart piano sonata produced significant short-term enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning in college students. Here we present results from an experiment which replicates these findings, and shows that (i) 'repetitive' music does not enhance reasoning; (ii) a taped short story does not enhance reasoning; and (iii) short-term memory is not enhanced. We propose experiments designed to explore the neurophysiological bases of this causal enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning by music, and begin to search for quantitative measures of further higher cognitive effects of music.

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