Mo’ smart with Mozart?

Does Mozart's music make you smarter? (Photo credit: Laura Longenecker via Flickr)
Does Mozart’s music make you smarter? (Photo credit: Laura Longenecker via Flickr)

It’s a tantalising idea: bung on a pair of headphones and revel in the jaunty sounds of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and – ‘hey, presto!’ – your IQ goes up a notch or two. What student faced with exams wouldn’t rush out to purchase Wolfgang’s complete works? What aspirational parent wouldn’t send their little one to sleep to the relaxing – and potentially genius-inducing – notes of Mozart’s clarinet concerto?

The popular notion that Mozart’s music can somehow impart brilliance on a casual listener has been with us since the early 90s. The original idea Continue reading “Mo’ smart with Mozart?”