New study revives a Mozart sonata as a potential epilepsy therapy

(By Elizabeth Cooney for STAT)

Could this be the return of the “Mozart effect”?

In 1993, researchers reported that after college students listened to a particular Mozart piano sonata for 10 minutes, they showed better spatial reasoning skills than they did after listening to relaxation instructions designed to lower blood pressure — or to nothing at all. And their IQ scores jumped by 8 or 9 points in what became known as the Mozart effect. Even though the benefits were hard to reproduce (and wore off within minutes), the fad of Mozart for babies’ brain development was born. Continue reading the article here…

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