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Is The Mozart Effect A Myth?

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I put headphones on my belly to improve my baby’s IQ.

Family is like music. Some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song. Unknown

Music has been in our family for generations.

I even put headphones on my belly, so that my unborn child could benefit from the amazing power of music.

My baby loved a bit of Beethoven’s music or sunshine reggae and was dancing joyfully in my womb.

Now as he’s one year old, he loves listening to music and dancing.


What’s the Mozart effect?

Have you ever heard of the phenomenon called ‘Mozart effect’?

It says that if you let your baby listen to classical music in utero it will become more intelligent.

Do you believe this or do you think it’s a myth?


Is it true or a myth?

When it comes to scientific evidence, there was a study conducted by the University of California in the 90s.

In fact, in the original paper, the researchers saw a temporary improvement of the brain. Unfortunately, this effect only lasted for 15 minutes.

The research didn’t find any connection between classical (or any type of) music and IQ.

Still, some studies suggest that brain development is adversely affected by rap, rock, or heavy metal music.

Moreover, experts say, brain development mostly happens outside mummy’s utero.


Final Takeaways

In my opinion, although the Mozart effect is a myth, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put headphones on your belly and let your baby listen to (classical) music.

I strongly believe listening to music in my womb was the start of a life-long bond between my son and the world of music.

My one-year-old intuitively starts to dance when he hears music playing somewhere. He especially loves listening to reggae music.

He turns around, raises his hands in the air, claps his chubby little hands, and sometimes even screams joyfully.

I’d love to hear about your experiences!


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