The debate on the Mozart Effect—the notion that listening to classical music can boost brain power—remains open. Some claims from the ’90s media frenzy were debunked, yet other studies have shown evidence that Mozart’s music can improve cognition for young and old alike. Now, research from the University of Edinburgh has shown classical music benefits for children who suffer from epilepsy. A common test that detects electrical activity in the brain revealed: “there is an anti-epileptic effect of Mozart music.” Contemporary music did not have the same effect, but one 2015 study did show positive results from a classic jazz recording.
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