Does listening to mozart affect listening ability?

Becki J. Bowman, Narissra Punyanunt-Carter, Tsui Yi Cheah, W. Joe Watson, Rebecca B. Rubin

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Considerable research has been conducted testing Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky's (1993) Mozart Effect (ME). This study attempts to replicate, in part, research that tested the ME on listening comprehension abilities. Also included in this study is an examination of control group issues in current day research. We hypothesized that students who listen to Mozart would demonstrate greater listening comprehension than students involved in one of four control groups. Students were exposed to one of five treatments and then completed a listening comprehension test about a videotaped lecture they viewed. Ultimately, results uncovered a ME when comparing the Mozart A (alpha) group with the alternative treatment control groups (Mozart B [beta] music and Rock and Roll music), but no ME when comparing the Mozart A group and the non-music control groups (sitting in silence or working on a crossword puzzle). Discussion focused on the ME and listening comprehension as well as on the nature of control groups in experimental research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-139
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Listening
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


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