An investigation of the role of background music in IVWs for learning

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From ALT-J, 2008. Music in VWs increased the number of facts remembered.


Music in VWs increased the number of facts remembered.

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ne of the most well-known studies concerning music and intelligence produced the so-called ‘Mozart Effect’ (Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky 1993 Rauscher F.H. Shaw G.L. Ky K.N. Music and spatial task performance Nature 1993 365 6447 611 [Google Scholar]). This study investigated the effect of listening to classical music before subjects performed a spatial reasoning test. They found that 36 college students who listened to 10 minutes of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448, scored 8–9 points higher in a subsequent spatial ability IQ test, compared to when they listened to a relaxation tape or to no audio stimulus at all. The results have been heavily discussed in the literature and other researchers have tried to replicate the results, some with success (Rideout and Dougherty 1998 Rideout B.E. Dougherty S. Effect of music on spatial performance: A test of generality Perceptual & Motor Skills 1998 86 2 512 [Google Scholar]) and others not (McKelvie and Low 2002 McKelvie P. Low J. Listening to Mozart does not improve children’s spatial ability: Final curtains for the Mozart effect British Journal of Developmental Psychology 2002 20 2 241 [Google Scholar]). The current view is that such effects of music on spatial-temporal processing are related to temporary changes in mood and arousal levels that arise from music listening (Husain, Thompson, and Schellenberg 2002 Husain G. Thompson W.F. Schellenberg E.G. Effects of musical tempo and mode on arousal, mood, and spatial abilities: Re-examination of the ‘Mozart effect’ Music Perception 2002 20 20 151 71 [Google Scholar]; Thompson, Schellenberg, and Husain 2001 Thompson W.F. Schellenberg E.G. Husain G. Arousal, mood, and the Mozart effect Psychological Science 2001 12 3 248 51 [Google Scholar]). Along these lines, Bulgarian psychologist Lozanov (1992 Lozanov G. Suggestology and outlines of suggestopedy Gordon and Breach Science Publishers Philadelphia 1992  ) recommended several specific musical pieces that make listeners open to suggestion and put the listener into a state of mind that is beneficial for learning foreign languages.Latest music is available for free on Setbeat apk.

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