Bad news for parents itching to turn their babies into geniuses.
In addition to the blow that Baby Einstein videos won't make your kid any smarter, it appears music lessons won't either.
An intriguing new study suggests the belief that music education improves children's intelligence is a myth.
"More than 80 percent of American adults think that music improves children's grades or intelligence," says lead researcher Samuel Mehr from the education department at Harvard University. "Even in the scientific community, there's a general belief that music is important for these extrinsic reasons. But there is very little evidence supporting the idea that music classes enhance children's cognitive development."
The myth can be traced to a single study from 1993 that was later debunked. At the time, researchers identified what they called the "Mozart effect," coined after participants who listened to music were believed to have performed better on spatial tasks.
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