It seems that every single child behavioural scientist has something to say about the effects of playing Mozart to babies and small children. Have there been any studies done about the effects of playing rock/alternative music to babies and small kids?
Mah boy loves himself some classic rock and I’m concerned I may be breaking him by accident.
Not a specific answer to your question, but I heard the first episode of a CBC radio doc the other day about this sort of thing: The Hurried Infant. Very interesting stuff. There are lots of parents trying to hothouse their infants, with a billion dollar industry supporting them, and yet they may be doing more harm than good.
Correct. After seeing this post, I did a cursory journal search and found that the latest scientific consensus, based on a decent meta-analysis [Chabris, C. F. (1999). Prelude or requiem for the “Mozart Effect”? Nature, 400, 826-827.] is that the Mozart Effect doesn’t really exist. Interestingly it is also used as a springboard for another study on how “pop psychology” enters into the public consciousness, which was a really good read [Adrian, B., & Chip, H. (2004). The Mozart effect: Tracking the evolution of a scientific legend. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 605-623.]
If you’re not a student, you’ll probably have to visit a local university’s library and use their computer to access these journal articles. I’m fairly sure they’re behind a pay-wall.
So, yeah, go nuts, but realize that developing ears are more sensitive than yours and keep the volume down.
Hello, you must be new here. My name is krayzkrok. That’s kray-z-krok. I occasionally post the odd insightful comment, but most of the time I just try to shoehorn crocodiles into the conversation. It’s a habit, I admit it, but it keeps me off the streets.
Hahaha, I am actually laughing to myself in real life after reading some of your posts. You aren’t lying ;D
Anyways, I don’t trust in the whole Mozart effect from the standpoint they present it. I do believe, though, that if your kids learn to like classical music rather than lame pop or modern rap, they will be smarter (causality? perhaps just correlation…). I personally listen to classical sometimes while doing homework. Not because I think it makes me smarter, but its the only thing I can listen to that does its job as background music and not something I would be likely to sing along with.