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Agnew 1 Phillip Agnew Ms Stephanie Behne English II March 8 2000 MUSIC AND THE MIND THE CONTROVERSY BEHIND THE MOZART EFFECT Every aspiring mother and father in America dreams about having their child attend Harvard or Yale or MIT For generations parents have attempted to get a head start on that dream in hopes that it would make the child smarter after conception A good diet exercise singing and verbal communication have all been said to help in producing a little Einstein But now America has a new way to make their children smarter It seems that the next generation will not be singing talking to playing with or even teaching their children All they have to do is turn on the radio or one of the many choices of tapes that have sprung up after America first learned about the Mozart Effect This widely inclusive term stemmed from a 1993 study that found that college students had increased IQ scores after listening to a Mozart Sonata Days after the news was released it gave birth to a music industry government legislation stating that all newborn babies were to be given a classical tape a new field of medicine Music Therapy and parents around the country playing Mozarts Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos to their newborns while waiting for Harvard to call But on the other hand it was a Harvard Medical School researcher named Chris Chabris that has discredited it as statistically insignificant Chabris 54 The effect of music on young minds is a very controversial topic The Mozart Effect is the use of music to enhance the quality of life in a variety of ways including health wellness educationcreativity and emotional expression Kranz 1 It originated from a 1993 study on college students and its results have been widely misinterpreted
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