Ever since researchers reported in 1993 that college students did better on spatial reasoning tests immediately after listening to Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, the so-called "Mozart Effect" became a popular science phenomenon.
But other scientists, using various protocols, had trouble finding a significant effect. And some argued any effect might be explained by a positive mood induced by Mozart. After trying to replicate the original research on which the theory was based, researchers concluded that the music had no effect on the way students answer typical IQ test questions.
Use the resources on The Mozart Effect student esheet to help you answer the questions on this sheet.
Who were the research subjects in the original study?
Explain the procedure used.
Does this study prove that listening to Mozart will improve brain development in infants? Why or why not?
What were some of the other studies that followed the original research? What were the findings of these studies?
Why do you think that other researchers tried to repeat or verify the findings of the original study? Why is it important that they did so?