Would you be Einstein? (Tell me what you’re listening to, and I’ll tell you what your IQ is)
You are young, you consider yourself advanced, nightclubs are the best place where you can have fun after school or work. After – a feeling of a good time, only fresh and clear thinking, as well as an influx of new forces and energy are not observed.
Do you know that modern electronic music, like rock, is attributed by psychologists to aggressive non-drug drugs (there is no need to explain the effect of the latter on the body)?
Just a few facts.
1. Scientists at the Center for Neurobiology, University of California, tested students from 36 colleges, trying to determine the level of their intellectual development. Within ten minutes after the test, students listened to Mozart’s sonata for two pianos in C major K. 488. Repeated testing immediately after listening showed an IQ increase of 8–9 points.
True, after about 15 minutes, the indicators returned to their previous level, but this fact allowed scientists to assume that it was immortal music that caused temporary intellectual growth. Other scholars involved in such studies are also convinced of the magical power of music, which can cause a steady increase in IQ by regular listening.
One of the researchers of the phenomenon of the influence of music, Gordon Shaw, suggested that complex music somehow nourishes the parts of the brain that are responsible for abstract thinking – departments that are not directly related to the perception of sounds and melodies.
2. Bulgarian psychologist Georgy Lozanov, along with his colleague Dr. Aleko Novakov, was engaged in research, trying to determine the extent to which music affects the learning process.
By this time, American scientists Lynn Cooper and Milton Erickson had already discovered that people who listen to the sounds of the metronome at a rhythm of 60 beats per minute have an “alpha state” – ideal for learning and remembering.
Unaware of this fact, Lozanov and Novakov quite independently made a similar discovery, but using slow Baroque music with a rhythmic size of 60-64 beats per minute. The baroque genre was very common in Europe from 1600 to 1750.
His popularity passed after the death of one of the most prominent composers and performers – Johann Sebastian Bach. Baroque music is characterized by a rich sound palette of scales and a clear rhythm. Lozanov and Novakov discovered that under the influence of Baroque music, information is perceived and assimilated as effectively as when learning in a dream.
This discovery soon led to the development of a new method. According to its conditions, information – for example, phrases in a foreign language – is presented with an interval of four seconds against the background of Baroque music in the rhythm of 60 beats per minute. The first results showed that students learn from 60 to 500 foreign words per day.
Specialists from Iowa State University decided to test the proposed method and soon achieved success: against the background of Baroque music, the participants in the experiment showed an increase in memorization ability by 26%, and learning speed – by 24%.
3. According to Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a member of the French Academy of Medical Sciences, the ears play a key role in the electrical recharging of the brain.
When the electrical potential of the brain begins to weaken, we feel tired and dull before our eyes. Like batteries, brain cells need to be recharged from time to time.
Tomatis discovered that one of the ways to recharge is to listen to high-frequency sounds – 5000-8000 Hz. According to Tomatis, the vibration of Carty cells – the hair cells of the sensory cells of the inner ear – acts as a kind of brain generator.
Through many years of analysis, Tomatis came to the conclusion that Mozart’s music contains the largest number of sounds in the desired frequency range, but heavy rock is the smallest. He also recommends listening to Baroque music and Gregorian chants in order to recharge the brain.
P.S. Albert Einstein first picked up the violin at the age of six. By the time he was 14, he was playing Beethoven and Mozart sonatas and improvising for hours on piano.
Throughout his life, Einstein remained a passionate violinist, turning to music during creative stagnation. About his hobbies in music and physics, he said: “Both of them have the same source and complement each other …” It is possible that Einstein’s unusually powerful intellect is the result of a love of classical music.