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THE MOZART EFFECT
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Thursday 12 December 2002 11.30am

Why does the music of Mozart create as much excitement in the laboratory as it does in the concert hall?
This programme investigates the myths and reality of Mozart's mind and his music.


"The Mozart Effect" is the name attributed to psychologists' findings in 1993, that playing Mozart to their subjects increases their spatial-temporal reasoning. Today Mozart's music is used in a variety of non-musical applications from healing clinics to the classroom. Paul Robertson* explores the evidence.

He speaks to those at the heart of the research and practice - Frances Rauscher whose original research showed the relationship between Mozart and learning, the celebrated neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks and Don Campbell talk about the role of music and healing - but he also unwraps Mozart's own mind by placing him in a modern context. From the medical profession, Prof. John Jenkins and Dr. Peter Davies examine the evidence on Mozart's physical and mental health, Mozart authority Stanley Sadie looks for clues in the music itself.

Finally Robertson speculates as to whether modern medicine and child development specialists would have managed his upbringing, health and talent differently - would they have treated the "genius" out of him, or in the caring environment of the Mehuhin School for gifted musicians, would he have gone on to greater things?

*Prof. Paul Robertson is the leader of the Medici String Quartet. He combines an international concert career with his passion for exploring musical responses in scientific research and the neurology of musicality.

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