Does Listening to Mozart Really Improve Concentration?
You may have heard or read that listening to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart increases brain activity and performance.
I have always found this quite amusing since Mozart was known to be ADHD.
Personally, I do consistently believe in the use of classical music when I am working, either at home or at the office. That is not to say that I do enjoy and listen to a lot of different type of music (just not your lifeless, generic music that radio consultants say you are invited to enjoy or not hear anymore).
There really has to be something to this theory.
In the late 1980's, Neurobiologist Gordon Shaw and a student at the University of California-Irvine found a way to transform the output of brain firing patterns into simulated sounds which had a interestingly similar sound to baroque music.
There have been studies to show how listening to Mozart's music (especially his k.448) can reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy. Other studies also showed how listening to certain Mozart music was beneficial to Alzheimer's patients. And, that Music Therapy is a well accepted, non-medicinal treatment for a number of brain disorders and states of distress.
The purpose of this writing is not to prove whether or not listening to Mozart's music does improve concentration.
For me, I find it helps me to not to only improve concentration, but to soothe and keep me in a good mood.
In an earlier music poll I did on my ADHD blog a few months ago, I found that there were just as many votes for classical music as there was for other music types selected (assuming that many of the visitors were ADD or ADHD?). About 50 persons participated.
I can not count the endless number of times that I have heard people talk about classical music being listened to by the "intellectuals" and the "privileged."
There may be a lot of merit to both.
Listening to Mozart and classical music can be intellectually stimulating. At least to me it is. As far as having to be "privileged" to listen it to, unless you have the resources to invest in internet streaming, or high definition radio receivers, finding classical music on the conventional radio is getting harder and harder to find.
Oops! I just got a little distracted and off-topic. . . and I did not have the radio on. 🙂