14. December 2009 · Comments Off on So If I Listen To Mozart Will I Never Get Anything Done? · Categories: Links

Maybe Mozart is good for premature babies, but not for me? If I listen will my energy level be lower?

A group of Israeli doctors have plunged into this long-running debate with a small study that found the soothing sounds of the 18th century composer may help premature babies grow faster.

Doctors at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center measured the energy expenditure of 20 infants born pre-term while listening to Mozart in their incubator. They compared that figure with the amount of energy they expended without the music. But the scientists did not test a control group to measure the energy used by babies who didn’t listen to Mozart at all.

Among the babies in the study, the findings showed Mozart lowered the quantity of energy they used, meaning the babies may be able to increase their weight faster.


Of course there was also this:

Dr. Arthur Eidelman, a retired former head of pediatrics at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital who did not participate in the research, praised the new study but did not credit Mozart for the positive results.

“What’s unique about Mozart is it’s rhythmical, the range of decibel level is minimal,” Eidelman said. “One could almost make the case that appropriate rap music may do the same thing if you have it within the right range of volume.”

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