The beneficial effects of classical music on man have already been spoken about. Pregnant women are even advised to listen to such music so that the baby develops well and can reveal his talents. And from the 90s of the XX century, amazing information has appeared about the unique impact on the human brain of Mozart’s music. An unusual effect was called the Mozart effect. So far, those charged have argued about the nature of this phenomenon. Nevertheless, very interesting facts have already been collected.
The first experiments in this direction were carried out on rats. For two months they were “forced” to listen to the same thing 12 hours a day — the sonata in C major of Mozart. As a result, the rats “wiser” and began to run through the maze 27% faster and made significantly less mistakes (37%) than ordinary rats.
As for people, here scientists have studied brain activity using magnetic resonance. Studies have shown that any music affects the human brain. Those. it excites the site, which is the auditory center. In some cases, areas of the brain associated with emotions were also excited. But ONLY listening to Mozart’s music activated almost all of the scooters. As scientists figuratively put it, almost the entire cerebral cortex began to glow.
The strength of the impact of Mozart’s music on the brain has been scientifically proven in two directions: the rhythm change frequency and the actual sound frequency.
The first is due to the fact that our brain has cycles in its work. The nervous system, in particular, has a rhythm of 20-30 seconds. Scientists have suggested that resonance in the cerebral cortex can just cause sound waves that oscillate at the same frequency. At the University of Illinois, the frequency characteristics of the music of nearly 60 different composers were analyzed to determine how often 20-30 seconds long waves were encountered in the work. When they brought all the data into one table, it turned out that the authors of primitive pop music were at the very bottom, but Mozart took first place at the top.
It is in his music with its unique nuances, overflows and flowing sounds that 30-second waves repeat more often than in any other music. Those. in this music the treasured 30-second rhythm “quietly loud” is sustained, which corresponds to the biorhythms of our brain.
On the other hand, it has been proven that the highest resonance in the cerebral cortex is received by high-frequency sounds (3,000 – 8,000 Hz). And Mozart’s works are literally saturated with high-frequency sounds.
Activation of the cerebral cortex is not just a scientific miracle. This is an objective process that stimulates thought processes and improves memory. Increased brain activity significantly increases the intellectual level of a person. American scientists have shown that if you listen to Mozart’s music for only 10 minutes, then IQ will increase by almost 8-10 units. So a very interesting experiment was conducted at the University of California, how music affects students’ passing of the test. 3 control groups were selected:
1 – sat in complete silence;
2 – listened to an audiobook;
3 – listened to Mozart’s sonata.
All students passed the test before and after the experiment. As a result, students improved their results.
1 – by 14%;
2 – by 11%;
3 – by 62%.
Impressive results, isn’t it ?!
European scientists have shown that under the influence of Mozart’s music, mental abilities increase, regardless of how she is treated (like it or not). Even after 5 minutes of listening, people noticeably increase concentration and concentration.
This music especially affects children. Children develop their intelligence much faster. In the United States, they have been monitoring children for 5 years. Those children who attended music lessons for 2 consecutive years, there was a significant development of spatial thinking.
In adults, the effect of exposure has significant inertia. In some, brain activity disappeared with the last sounds. For others, the effect lasted longer, but then the brain again returned to its original state. Hence the conclusion – one must constantly maintain youth.
I could not pass by such a striking example of the triumph of the influence of Mozart’s music. First of all, high sounds strengthen the microscopic muscles of the middle ear, which leads to better hearing and speech. And our example is about that.
Probably few people know that the world famous actor Gerard Depardieu in the 60s had a strong defect: he stuttered and remembered little. Fortunately, a doctor met in his life who determined that Gerard had serious problems with his middle ear and attributed to him … several months of daily listening to 2 hours of Mozart’s music. The result was overwhelming, and we all know it.
Gerard completely got rid of stuttering, improved his memory, which allowed him to become a great actor. Then he will say:
Before meeting with Tomatis, I could not utter a single sentence to the end. He helped give completeness to my thoughts, taught me the synthesis and understanding of the process of thinking.