London: People, who were listening to Mozart in the hope of boosting their intelligence, can stop now – as according to scientists the Austrian composer’s creations won’t make you smart.
For over 15 years, scientists have been discussing alleged performance-enhancing effects of hearing classical music. Now, University of Vienna researchers Jakob Pietschnig, Martin Voracek and Anton K Formann present quite definite results on this so-called "Mozart effect" in the US journal Intelligence.
These new findings suggest no evidence for specific cognitive enhancements by mere listening to Mozart`s music.
In 1993, in the journal Science, the “Mozart effect” was first suggested by a scientific study, reports The Telegraph.
That study showed that teenagers who listened to Mozart`s 1781 Sonata for Two Pianos in D major performed better in reasoning tests than adolescents who listened to something else or who had been in a silent room.
However, now a team from Vienna University`s Faculty of Psychology has analysed all studies since 1993 that have sought to reproduce the Mozart effect and found no proof of the phenomenon`s existence.
"Those who listened to music, Mozart or something else – Bach, Pearl Jam – had better results than the silent group. But we already knew people perform better if they have a stimulus," said Jakob Pietschnig, who led the study.
"I recommend everyone listen to Mozart, but it`s not going to improve cognitive abilities as some people hope," he added.