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Meta-analysis indicates the Mozart effect might be the real thing

The idea that listening to Mozart can help people with epilepsy has been around since the early 1990s. It has been treated with not a little scepticism, but also not ignored: there have been studies (this one, for example) and even studies of studies (this meta-analysis is from as early 1999). The brief has also expanded from just Mozart to other forms of music. In fact, there has been such “a flow of new research in the last few years”, according to Gianluca Sesso from Italy’s University of Pisa, that it was again “time to stand back and look at the overall picture” – which is what he and colleague Federico Sicca did. In a paper published in the journal Clinical Neurophysiology and just presented at a virtual meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, they present findings which, they say, “may overturn current scepticism about the effect”. They looked at 147 published articles, evaluated them according to relevance and quality, then selected the 12 pieces they…