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Does Music Enhance Memorization Study Skills in Sixth Grade Students? Donna Elwell University of Texas at Dallas SCE 5305 Fall, 2004
The Mozart Effect • Researchers at UC-Irvine publish a brief report about the relationship of music and spatial task performance • Listening to the Mozart sonata improved IQ score by 8-9 points • Effects are temporary
Spatial-Temporal Tasks • The ability to create, maintain, transform, and relate complex mental images. • Reasoning through time and space
How Students Study • Must have background noise • Hip-Hop • Rap • TV
What Educators Think • Many students have difficulty remembering • Many students experience test anxiety
Turn on, Tune in • Use music to introduce new concepts or vocabulary • Prime the brain for thinking with classical music • Start a connection to convert information to long-term memory
Action Plan • Develop a within subjects test to determine if certain kinds of music can stimulate short term memory in 6th grade students • Analyze data to determine if any effect is seen for the different treatments • Share results
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