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Uplifting Music Improves Mental Abilities

Uplifting music enhances attention and memory, according to a study by Northumbria University and published in this month's issue of Experimental Psychology.

Researchers tested the effect of the different styles of music from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons on the participants' mental capabilities, and found that the uplifting Spring concerto improved their alertness. Having no music during the test resulted in slightly slower response times, and the slower and more sombre Autumn music produced even slower response times.

Psychologist Dr Leigh Riby also found that "the key in which the music was written had no impact on brain performance. While the Spring concerto, which is written in a major key enhanced cognitive function, the Autumn movement, which is also written in a major key, did not."

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