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CSCA Lecture - Prof. dr. Glenn Schellenberg, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada

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Date 15 June 2011
Time 16:00 - 17:00

Prof. dr. Glenn Schellenberg
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada

Does music make you smarter? Music listening and music lessons have been claimed to confer intellectual advantages. The available evidence indicates that music listening leads to enhanced performance on a variety of cognitive tests, but that such effects are short-term and stem from the impact of music on arousal level and mood, which, in turn, affect cognitive performance; experiences other than music listening have similar effects. Music lessons in childhood tell a different story. They are associated with small but general and long-lasting intellectual benefits that cannot be attributed to obvious confounding variables such as family income and parents' education. The mechanisms underlying this association have yet to be determined. Other controversial issues include the direction of causation, and the reason why "real musicians" often fail to exhibit enhanced performance on measures of intelligence.

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