Monday, October 10, 2005

Rock me Amadeus

Doctors at Kosice-Saca Hospital in Slovakia treat infants to five 20-minute classical listening sessions a day to help them relax and sleep better. Could this regimen also have the much-hyped "Mozart effect"? In 1993, researchers at UC Irvine reported that 10 minutes of Sonata for Two Pianos in D major raised undergraduates' IQs by eight or nine points. Other scientists have been unable to replicate the phenomenon, but that hasn't stopped overachieving parents from snapping up Mozart CDs. As for the Slovak cradle pupas, reports indicate they get calmer and drowsier.

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