By Ugo Onwutalu
It has often been said in various promotional material, media and popular culture that learning a musical instrument and listening to music has numerous benefits amongst which are the increase in memory, learning capacity, overall intelligence and emotional well-being. This reminds me of the Mozart Effect popularised years ago as being the way to help babies and young children develop more musical interest. Well now the science (it appears) proves this. See below:
Music has of course been researched many times before to see if it has real benefits. The April 2001 edition of Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine assessed the possible health benefits of the music of Mozart. However, previously in 1999 two teams of researchers challenged the existence of the Mozart effect by publishing a pair of papers together under the title “Prelude or Requiem for the ‘Mozart Effect’?” reporting that “any cognitive enhancement is small and does not reflect any change in IQ or reasoning ability in general, but instead derives entirely from performance on one specific type of cognitive task and has a simple neuropsychological explanation”, called “enjoyment arousal”
What do you think? Is there a true link between playing Beethoven/Mozart on the piano/Linkin park on the guitar etc and your brainpower? I feel there is some truth regarding its cognitive effect (mental processes that includes attention, memory, producing and understanding language, solving problems, and making decisions ), but by how much it’s unclear.