Sunday, 22 May 2005

This presentation is part of: Pre-College Reseach Posters

The Effects of Various Genres of Music on the Maze-Solving Abilities of Mus Musculus

Vicky Du, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School, Iselin, NJ

The classical music of Mozart has been shown to increase a person's spatial-awareness skills and concentration when exposed for a period of time. Even so, this is still a theory, and the effects of other genres of music are yet to be tested. The results of such research would revolutionize the types of music people listen to. For the designated experiment, four types of music; classical, rap, pop, and metal, and four mice of the same sex were used. First, a mouse ran through the timed maze. Afterwards, it was exposed to fifteen minutes of the metal genre of music. Then the same mouse ran through the timed maze once more. This process was repeated with each mouse and each genre of music. Statistically, when comparing the control and experimental runs for each type of music, none of them proved to be significant. Even so, when comparing the means of the runs, the classical genre was the only type in which the mice performed better after exposure. Yet, the metal genre of music performed the worst when compared to its control, and the pop and rap genres showed little differences. The research was able to give some support to the Mozart Effect, while showing the various levels of negativity on the mice from the music. Further research could be done to retest the hypotheses with more mice, and possibly even testing a range of sounds at various decibels to show their effects on mice, and even possibly, that of humans.

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