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J R Soc Med. 2001 June; 94(6): 316.
PMCID: PMC1281548

The Mozart effect

I was pleased that Professor Jenkins referred to our work in his excellent short review (April 2001 JRSM, pp. 170-172). Our patients who showed a decrease in epileptiform activity were either in status epilepticus or in coma, so the easy explanation that they ‘enjoyed’ the music, proposed for other examples of the Mozart effect, should not apply. As Professor Jenkins points out, we have found a longlasting periodicity in the power of Mozart's music, seen also with JS Bach and his son JC Bach. Furthermore we have just analysed the melodic line and find that Mozart repeats his melodic line far more frequently than other well-known composers, but often in an ingenious manner reversing the notes. We feel that periodicity is the key or secret here and characterizes many brain and bodily functions.

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