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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Mozart effect, Cognitive function, Music


The “Mozart Effect” is a name given to a supposed increase in cognitive functions due to listening to music before, or during, a task, such as taking a test. The name comes from the media after the original study, done by Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky, used Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major.

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