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Many people that listening to music, or specifically Mozart, will make them smarter and make their children smarter. They believe that it will raise their IQ in the long run. Although this theory has been disproved in most studies, some studies still show a small yet significant effect on IQ.

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The Mozart effect was a very popular marketing tool in the music industry as well as some private schools. Although listening to Mozart won’t make you a genius, it will help. Other than boosting creativity and calming down the mind and soul, a study shows that listening to any music will allow you to perform better at spatial tasks after listening to the music for 15 minutes. Spatial tasks are tasks such as object rotation, recognition and design (like a map). Spatial tasks are very important in our everyday lives and even 15 minutes of enhanced performance could help a lot.

In addition, further studies have shown that musicians (masters of a certain instrument) have corpus callosums that are about 15% larger (these are the fibers that connect the two hemispheres of the brain).  They also have larger cerebellums (this is where the motor skills are), and approximately 130% more grey matter (which is a major component of the central nervous system).

This concept can also be applied with babies. Although it might seem that babies have no senses until they come out of their mother’s womb, this is not true at all. Recent studies have shown that the fetus can here months before the actual birth. Not only can this be used as an advantage to familiarize the baby with the voice of the father and mother (so that the baby remembers this voice and is comforted by it when crying), but also to enable prenatal learning.

Overall, although the topic is very controversial, music does have a positive effect in one way or another on the people who listen to it (whether it is through soothing the mind, teaching something or improving spatial abilities).

By Ali Badr