The Health Benefits of Mozart and Yanni

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Yanni

    LOS ANGELES, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent report from London new
 questions have been raised about the positive effects of music on spatial
 reasoning ability.  There has been some controversy about the health benefits
 of Mozart's music since researchers first claimed that listening to the K448
 piano sonata improved spatial reasoning skills.  Recent studies and further
 international research have suggested that certain musical compositions can
 reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy.  In the April issue of
 the highly respected Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor John
 Jenkins assesses international evidence on the effect of music on the brain,
 and calls for more work to be done to discover the key ingredient in the
 "Mozart Effect."
 
     The "Mozart Effect"
     The original "Mozart effect" study in 1993 assessed volunteers' spatial
 reasoning after listening to sonata K448, relaxation tapes or silence.
 Results suggested that just ten minutes of Mozart's music improved their
 performance of tasks such as paper-cutting and folding.  Later studies found
 that rats negotiated a maze faster after hearing K448 than rats who were
 played white noise, silence, or minimalist music.  Elsewhere, children taught
 a keyboard instrument for six months, learning simple melodies (including
 Mozart), did better on spatial-temporal tests than children who spent the time
 working with computers.  Controversy arose when other researchers could not
 reproduce the positive results.
 
     The "Yanni Effect"
     It is not just Mozart's music, which has been found to enhance spatial
 reasoning.  Some contemporary instrumental music does too.  In addition to
 using the Mozart piano sonata, researchers also used a composition by
 internationally renowned composer Yanni, "Acroyali/Standing In Motion."  This
 particular medley was featured on Yanni's highly acclaimed and multi-platinum
 selling album, "Live At The Acropolis."  The Yanni piece was chosen because it
 was similar to Mozart's K448 in tempo, structure, melodic and harmonic
 consonance and predictability.
     Scans have shown that that the human brain uses a wide distribution of
 areas to listen to music.  Rhythm and pitch tend to be processed in the left
 side, timbre and melody on the right.  Those parts of the brain, which we use
 for spatial/temporal tasks, actually overlap with the music processing parts.
 Professor Jenkins suggests that "listening to music would prime the activation
 of those areas of the brain which are concerned with spatial reasoning."
 
     ADDITIONAL NOTES:
     Original article and more information about the Journal of the Royal
 Society of Medicine: http://www.rsm.ac.uk/new/pr85.htm
     For real audio of K448:
 http://www.musical-expressions.com/classical_music.htm
     Yanni info and audio: http://www.yanni.com
     British Epilepsy Society: http://www.epilepsy.org.uk/
     Background research: http://www.mindinst.org/MIND2/research.html
 
 

SOURCE Yanni
    LOS ANGELES, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent report from London new
 questions have been raised about the positive effects of music on spatial
 reasoning ability.  There has been some controversy about the health benefits
 of Mozart's music since researchers first claimed that listening to the K448
 piano sonata improved spatial reasoning skills.  Recent studies and further
 international research have suggested that certain musical compositions can
 reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy.  In the April issue of
 the highly respected Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor John
 Jenkins assesses international evidence on the effect of music on the brain,
 and calls for more work to be done to discover the key ingredient in the
 "Mozart Effect."
 
     The "Mozart Effect"
     The original "Mozart effect" study in 1993 assessed volunteers' spatial
 reasoning after listening to sonata K448, relaxation tapes or silence.
 Results suggested that just ten minutes of Mozart's music improved their
 performance of tasks such as paper-cutting and folding.  Later studies found
 that rats negotiated a maze faster after hearing K448 than rats who were
 played white noise, silence, or minimalist music.  Elsewhere, children taught
 a keyboard instrument for six months, learning simple melodies (including
 Mozart), did better on spatial-temporal tests than children who spent the time
 working with computers.  Controversy arose when other researchers could not
 reproduce the positive results.
 
     The "Yanni Effect"
     It is not just Mozart's music, which has been found to enhance spatial
 reasoning.  Some contemporary instrumental music does too.  In addition to
 using the Mozart piano sonata, researchers also used a composition by
 internationally renowned composer Yanni, "Acroyali/Standing In Motion."  This
 particular medley was featured on Yanni's highly acclaimed and multi-platinum
 selling album, "Live At The Acropolis."  The Yanni piece was chosen because it
 was similar to Mozart's K448 in tempo, structure, melodic and harmonic
 consonance and predictability.
     Scans have shown that that the human brain uses a wide distribution of
 areas to listen to music.  Rhythm and pitch tend to be processed in the left
 side, timbre and melody on the right.  Those parts of the brain, which we use
 for spatial/temporal tasks, actually overlap with the music processing parts.
 Professor Jenkins suggests that "listening to music would prime the activation
 of those areas of the brain which are concerned with spatial reasoning."
 
     ADDITIONAL NOTES:
     Original article and more information about the Journal of the Royal
 Society of Medicine: http://www.rsm.ac.uk/new/pr85.htm
     For real audio of K448:
 http://www.musical-expressions.com/classical_music.htm
     Yanni info and audio: http://www.yanni.com
     British Epilepsy Society: http://www.epilepsy.org.uk/
     Background research: http://www.mindinst.org/MIND2/research.html
 
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