The Mozart Effect is the notion that listening to classical music composed by Mozart can temporarily increase your IQ and enhance other mental functions. It is said that playing classical music to infants can improve their mental development. Some studies have shown that listening to Mozart can temporarily increase one's IQ by up to 9 points when given a spatial reasoning test. Other studies showed that it had the opposite effect!
One theory to explain this is related to mood. If you happen to enjoy classical music, then listening to it will bring you pleasure. This will put you in a good mood, which can improve your mental performance. If you dislike classical music, listening to it will annoy you and cause you to perform poorly on any subsequent test.
This enjoyment effect is not restricted to Mozart; it goes for any type of music. So, listen to what you enjoy and try to get in a good mood whenever you need to perform at the top of your game.
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