Getting smarter sounds appealing. Who wouldn’t want a few extra I.Q. points? Sure, it’s easy for the school kids. They learn for a living. But can adults make new neuro-connections without going back to college?
Increased brain power could be used for things like remembering what’s on your grocery list, solving complex math problems, and most importantly, winning at escape room games 😊. At Room To Escape, we wanted to find out whether music could make people smarter. We did a little research and came up with the following:
Then, in 1993, researchers Rauscher and Ky published a study in the journal Nature that linked classical music listening to an increase in cognitive activity (October 14, 1993 issue). The cognitive effect, and possible increase in I.Q. was temporary, lasting approximately 15 minutes after the music stopped. The classical piece used in the study was Mozart’s Sonata in D major for Two Pianos, hence the term “Mozart Effect.”
Can music make you smarter? The research is still young and we still have a lot to learn about how music affects brain development. Early studies look promising, though, so play and listen to your heart’s content. Your brain might just thank you for it!