Thursday, 23 June 2005

The Mozart effect

A new report now says that the Mozart effect is a fraud. Playing Mozart for your designer baby will not improve his IQ or help him get into Montessori school.

But if the myth were true that playing Mozart's ingenious sonatas and concertii boosted your baby's intelligence, just what would happen if other composers were played in their cribs?

LISZT EFFECT: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important.

BRUCKNER EFFECT: Child speaks very slowly and repeats himself frequently. Gains reputation for profundity.

WAGNER EFFECT: Child becomes a megalomaniac. May eventually marry his sister.

MAHLER EFFECT: Child continually screams - at great length and volume that he's dying.

SCHOENBERG EFFECT: Child never repeats a word until he's used all the other words in his vocabulary. Sometimes talks backwards. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.

BABBITT EFFECT: Child gibbers nonsense all the time. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child doesn't care because all his playmates think he's cool.

IVES EFFECT: the child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate conversations at once.

GLASS EFFECT: the child tends to repeat himself over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

STRAVINSKY EFFECT: the child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that often lead to fighting and pandemonium in the preschool.

BRAHMS EFFECT: the child is able to speak beautifully as long as his sentences contain a multiple of three words (3, 6, 9, 12, etc). However, his sentences containing 4 or 8 words are strangely uninspired.

Last but not least, the CAGE EFFECT: Child says absolutely nothing for 4 minutes, 33 seconds. (Preferred by 9 out of 10 classroom teachers), and the EMINEM EFFECT: Child hates his parents; rants and raves; kills the family pet.

Readers are invited to suggest appropriate outcomes for the MICHAEL JACKSON effect...

[Hat tip Robert Tracy at 'Illustrated Ideas', but I'm afraid I can't find who originated this.]


  1. The Michael Jackson Effect; would that be from playing Michael Jackson to your baby, or Michael Jackson playing with..?

  2. Uuugh! Now that ~is~ vile. ;^)

  3. Marilyn Manson effect.... child becomes possessed by satan and sacrifices chickens!


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