The Power of Music…Can It Make You Smarter?

Introduction (Via Fora.Tv)

How does music exert such extraordinary effects on our emotions? To what extent does it depend upon our nature (biological rhythms, instinctive reactions to certain sound patterns) and to what extent experience (e.g. conditioned associations, nostalgia)?

Particular attention is given to the tension-reduction and optimal uncertainty theories of musical enjoyment. Professor Glenn Wilson considers whether there is any truth in the claim that listening to music can increase intelligence in the listener (the so-called ‘Mozart Effect’).

Speaker Background (Via Fora.Tv)

Dr. Glenn Wilson – Dr. Glenn Daniel Wilson is a psychologist best known for his work on attitude and personality measurement, sexual attraction, deviation and dysfunction, partner compatibility, and psychology applied to performing arts. Dr Glenn Wilson is Visiting Professor of Psychology at Gresham College, London. Previously he was Reader in Personality at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Nevada, Reno.

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24. July 2009 by Miguel Barbosa
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