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The Mozart Effect myth: research finds music doesn’t make you smarter


New research presented in a pair of studies conducted by Samuel Mehr, a Harvard Graduate School of Education doctoral student, finds that teaching children music doesnt make them smarter. According to Mehr, 80 percent of American adults think that music improves a child’s grades or intelligence. The study was later debunked, but the damage was already done. According to Chip Heath, a Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, the word of that study spread like wildfire, and was distorted in the process. Theres no scientific research linking music and intelligence in infants.

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