Category Archives: Cognition

Music makes you smarter – or maybe not

Music Education And TherapyTwenty years ago, the press had a field day with a small study published by a California researcher, much to the surprise of the author.   The public’s imagination was caught by headlines that proclaimed “Listening to Mozart Makes You Smarter,”  or “Music Makes You Smart.”  An entire industry grew from the idea that listening to music would improve cognitive development in other areas.  This past December, the publication of a Harvard study led to headlines such as “Music Doesn’t Make You Smarter After All.”  So does it – or doesn’t it?  And does it matter? Continue reading