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Impact of Music on the Effectiveness of Performing Mathematical-Logical Tasks

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 471)

Abstract

The article is the result of studies on the effects of music on human characteristics, with particular emphasis on the effectiveness of the performance of mathematical and logical operations. The material describes briefly some problems in the field of music therapy and presents results of a pilot study concerning possible improving of the intellectual work efficiency. A group of students who was faced with performance-related stress (standardized psychological tests and mathematical tasks) under music (Mozart and Beethoven) and no music condition was examined. Analyses showed that there was no significant difference in time of solving the tasks in silent and Mozart’s music condition. Also, time of performing exercises was longer during Beethoven stimulation than during silent condition. It may be concluded that commonly applied Mozart’s work does not always give the expected results and the other work can have stronger (but not necessarily better) effect on human being.

Keywords

Mozart effect Music impact Work effectiveness Mathematical and logical operations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Informatics and Medical EquipmentSilesian University of TechnologyZabrzePoland
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyWroclaw University of Environmental and Life SciencesWrocławPoland

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