Arousal, Mood, and The Mozart Effect

  title={Arousal, Mood, and The Mozart Effect},
  author={William Forde Thompson and E. Glenn Schellenberg and Gabriela Husain},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={248 - 251}
The “Mozart effect” refers to claims that people perform better on tests of spatial abilities after listening to music composed by Mozart. We examined whether the Mozart effect is a consequence of between-condition differences in arousal and mood. Participants completed a test of spatial abilities after listening to music or sitting in silence. The music was a Mozart sonata (a pleasant and energetic piece) for some participants and an Albinoni adagio (a slow, sad piece) for others. We also… 

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