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Title: The efficacy of musical emotions provoked by Mozart's music for the reconciliation of cognitive dissonance.
Authors: Masataka, Nobuo  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Perlovsky, Leonid
Author's alias: 正高, 信男
Keywords: Development of the nervous system
Auditory system
Animal behaviour
Issue Date: 25-Sep-2012
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Journal title: Scientific reports
Volume: 2
Thesis number: 694
Abstract: Debates on the origin and function of music have a long history. While some scientists argue that music itself plays no adaptive role in human evolution, others suggest that music clearly has an evolutionary role, and point to music's universality. A recent hypothesis suggested that a fundamental function of music has been to help mitigating cognitive dissonance, which is a discomfort caused by holding conflicting cognitions simultaneously. It usually leads to devaluation of conflicting knowledge. Here we provide experimental confirmation of this hypothesis using a classical paradigm known to create cognitive dissonance. Results of our experiment reveal that the exposure to Mozart's music exerted a strongly positive influence upon the performance of young children and served as basis by which they were enabled to reconcile the cognitive dissonance.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/srep00694
PubMed ID: 23012648
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