Shaw, Gordon L. Keeping Mozart in Mind

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Keeping Mozart in Mind

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9780126392906: Keeping Mozart in Mind

Keeping Mozart in Mind presents the latest scientific findings on the effects of music on reasoning and learning, and the real story behind the "Mozart effect" research. Since the original findings were presented in 1993, the "Mozart effect" phenomenon has been widely discussed in both the scientific community and the general media. It is based on the principal observation that study participants improved their scores on spatial-temporal tests after listening to one of Mozart's piano sonatas. Spatial-temporal agility is an important guide to mathematical ability and aptitude. That original study has prompted further interest in research to explore the relationship between music, intelligence, and learning.
Now the co-discoverer of the "Mozart effect," Dr. Gordon Shaw, shows how music can help us understand how the brain works and how music may enhance how we think, reason, and create. In this landmark book, he includes key information about his original research, plus the latest findings about the effect of music from his own research and that of other scientists around the world. Keeping Mozart in Mind is written in a style that makes this information accessible to not only researchers and clinicians, but also educators and parents.
The book is enhanced by a CD-ROM containing two distinct parts: 1) Featuring Allegro con spirito from Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, courtesy of Sony Classical TM, which was used in Shaw's original reseach study, and 2) a demonstration of S.T.A.R. TM (Spatial-Temporal Animation Reasoning), an interactive software program that was used in combination with piano lessons in a recent study to help teach difficult math concepts to young children.

Key Features
* Part I gives the essential ideas of Dr. Shaw's theme that music can enhance our ability to think and reason
* Part II contains the more technical aspects of how music enhances learning, made readable and accessible to everyone
* Part III contains all the details of the dramatic behavior experiments that were performed with humans involving music
* Part IV presents the results and proposed studies that are crucial to the detailed scientific understanding of what is happening in the brain
* Part V presents the future of music as an influence upon higher brain function

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Explains the brain's connection between math and music, and includes an interactive CD-ROM to help tap into this relationship to improve students comprehension of math topics.

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"Can music make my kid smarter?" This question has been discussed in the scientific community and the popular media since Dr. Shaw and his research team published their findings in 1993 (later dubbed the "Mozart effect"), showing a direct link between listening to music and a subsequent improvement in spatial-temporal ability. Shaw's studies have been published in Nature, Neurological Research, and many other top scientific journals. He has been interviewed in such popular media as the Chicago Tribune, Parade Magazine, and on television news magazines for his expertise in this area. Keeping Mozart in Mind represents the first time the full story of how music enhances learning has been told, and it is written in a format that is useful for scientists, educators, and interested laypersons alike.

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