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Brain-based education and the mozart effect

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Brain-Based Education and the Mozart Effect The Issue: Psychology and education go hand-in-hand. In order to teach children, one must understand how they learn. There are many theories about how children gather information. One that I am particularly interested in is brain-based education and the “Mozart effect.” The main question I had to answer was what are brain-based education and the “Mozart effect?” After consulting my research I could not only define these two terms, but it also raised another question: Does this work? I selected this issue because as a music major, the “Mozart effect” sounded interesting. This issue could be important to education because it might be beneficial to teach children how to read more efficiently (Woolfolk 25) at an earlier age. If we apply this knowledge to music, I assume that children will be able to read and comprehend music at an earlier age. The Literature Review: The first questions I must answer are: what is brain-based education and what is the “Mozart effect?” Brain-based education attempts to heighten brain development by stressing early stimulation (Woolfolk 25). The “Mozart effect” is the theory that a child’s IQ will rise by eight to nine points if they listen to a certain amount of Mozart every day, even while still in the womb (Cromie). Both these theories are closely related based on the fact that they require early stimulation of a baby’s brain. The “Mozart effect” however does not only have to take place while in the womb or in the first few months of life. Researchers participating in Frances Rauscher’s experiment of playing Mozart’s sonata for two pianos in D major for 26 college students produced IQ scores eight to nine points higher than those who had listened to a
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relaxation tape or silence. Rauscher later insisted that “the effect is limited to spatial-temporal
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