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Keeping Mozart in mind
Shaw, G. L. (Gordon Lionel), 1932-2005.
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xx, 374 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
"The enclosed CD-Rom includes (1) a recording of Allegro con spirito from Sonata for two pianos in D major (K. 448), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu ... and (2) a descriptive interactive version of the S.T.A.R. (Spatial-Temporal Animation Reasoning) software program"--P. 4 of cover.
Higher brain function : music, mathematics, chess. History, anecdotes, correlations, and interviews ; Spatial-temporal and language-analytic reasoning in learning math and science ; Music enhances spatial-temporal reasoning ; Implications : scientific, educational, clinical -- Structured brain and symmetry. Symmetry as a common theme ; Introduction to the brain : basic brain features and brain imaging ; Mountcastle theory of mammalian cortex : internal neural language of higher brain function ; Trion model and symmetries ; Trion music : reasoning and creativity ; Trion model of higher brain function : prediction that music enhances spatial-temporal reasoning -- Tests of predictions in human behavior. Highly accurate mental rehearsals : correlation with top performance in sports ; Listening to Mozart Sonata (K.448) enhances spatial-temporal reasoning : the "Mozart effect" ; Music training enhances spatial-temporal reasoning in preschool children ; Music training plus spatial-temporal training equals improved math -- Tests from brain imaging and animal studies. EEG and fMRI studies of Mozart effect ; Symmetry in primate higher brain function ; Musical structure of the internal neural language of the brain : using music as the Rosetta stone to help decode this internal language ; Animal behavior while listening to music and doing higher brain functions -- The future of music as a window into higher brain function. Child brain development and adult brain reorganization ; Education : music training plus spatial-temporal training improves math ; Clinical implications ; The spatial-temporal thinking machine ; Final thoughts.
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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

Table of Contents

Higher Brain Function: Music, Mathematics, Chess
Structured Brain and Symmetry
Tests of Predictions in Human Behavior
Tests From Brain Imaging and Animal Studies
The Future of Music as a Window into Higher Brain Function
New Scientific and Educational Results