4 Brain Misconceptions that refuse to Die

Listening to classical music makes you smarter.

A study which also helped in spreading brain misconceptions was earlier conducted on college students, but was sooner disregarded by researchers. The students were made to listen Mozart sonata, as preliminary results had it that the students got higher spatial scores than those who didn’t.

The findings were blown out of proportion, making the so-called “Mozart effect” popular. But, it wasn’t long when researchers discovered that the effects wear off in less than 15 minutes. Listening to classical music doesn’t improve either children or adults intelligence.

A number of studies have indicated that listening to Mozart’s work may temporarily increase cognitive skills. Other studies have found no statistically significant “Mozart effect”. It is unfortunate that the media and commercial ventures have taken the initial modest, unverified study and conjured up a pseudo-science which gave rise to, and which continues to promote, a full-blown industry, say Donna Lerch and Thomas Anderson who both conducted an in depth analysis on the Mozart Effect.

Your IQ is fixed and remains the same throughout life.

Here is a relief, since we all work harder to perform better, and no harm has been recorded so far in trying to be a better person. Then, why should our IQ remains the same? Business insider shows some studies that reproof this brain misconception.

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How your IQ can block your EQ Brain Development.

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In a research, “33 British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London; 9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores,” reports the Journal. And these changes weren’t just due to measuring errors. The MRIs showed changes in gray matter – which are linked to IQ – says one of the study’s co-authors, Cathy Price.

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IQ(Intelligence Quotient) score depicts your level of intelligence i.e. having higher IQ awards you some benefits like higher social intelligence, while people with lower IQ always perform poorly in school as an example.

  • Rauscher FH, Shaw GL, Ky KN. Music and spatial task performance. Nature. 365(6447):611 (1993).
  • wikipedia.org/wiki/Iq
  • Brainfacts.org: Neuromyths.

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