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Experimenting with the Mozart effect: instructions

Experimenting with the Mozart effect (instructions)
Paper cutting and folding task
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Let’s jump right into the heart of the matter by attempting to replicate the original “Mozart effect”.

Now sit, relax, and set aside 15 minutes of your time for this experiment. Read the instructions first before proceeding with the experiment proper.

Step 1: Listen to music

You must first listen to a few minutes of music by the Austrian genius. If you already have a copy of your own, great! If not, you can head over to this track:

Turkish March

Step 2: Do the paper cutting and folding task

After listening, you will then have to run the so-called paper cutting and folding task. In this task, you will see a picture representing a sheet of paper that has been folded a few times and cut with a pair of scissors. At the bottom of this picture there are various alternative pictures which represent how the sheet of paper may look when unfolded. You will have to choose the right one.

Keep in mind that only one of the alternatives is correct whereas the others are wrong.

When you’re ready, start listening and then head over to the next step for the paper cutting and folding task.

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