HOUSTON, TX - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may have lived in the 18th century, but more than 200 years later scientists are still intrigued by his music.
This is because of a phenomenon first described in the 1990's known as the Mozart effect, which simply states that the spatial reasoning skills of many people improve when listening to Mozart. This means we can call up images in our mind, and then act upon those images.
Some Texas scientists wondered if the effect extended, of all things, to physicians who look at colonoscopies.
An important benchmark for measuring the quality of a physician is his or her ability to review a colonoscopy and identify a potentially cancerous polyp.
So would a Mozart-listening endoscopist be better at spotting these polyps while listening to Mozart?
The researcher who listened to Mozart was more than twice as good at reading colonoscopies while listening to Mozart than when not.
Now this is an exceptionally small sample size, but it`s interesting all the same. And I`m thinking it`s time to look up Mozart on Spotify.