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BAB Seminar, Scott Glover, RHUL

08/11/2013 (15:00-16:00)

Scott Glover, RHUL

Effects of music listening on spatial cognition: Melodic complexity versus periodicity


Research into the so-called “Mozart Effect” has been controversial. Whereas some studies have  shown  that passive  listening  to Mozart  can  lead  to short-term benefits  in  spatial

cognitive  abilities,  others  have  reported  null  results.  Using  the  Hemispheric Activation Hypothesis of music’s effects on cognition, we were able to establish that the Mozart Effect

is in fact real, but with limitations. My more recent explorations have examined whether the effects of listening relate to melodic complexity, periodicity (i.e., repetitiveness), or exposure

time.  Preliminary results  suggest  that all  three of  these  factors  can contribute to  the effectiveness of passive  music  listening  in  improving  spatial  cognition.  This work  has

exciting  implications  for  using  music to  promote  short-term  enhancement  of  cognitive abilities, and for cognitive priming in general.


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