Mozart may improve detection during colonoscopies

October 31, 2011 3:04:25 PM PDT
It probably wasn't what Amadeus intended, but a small study finds playing Mozart in the background helped doctors better detect precancerous polyps during colonoscopies.

The research presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology adds to a theory called the Mozart Effect, the longstanding observation that listening to music can lead to a short-term improvement on some mental tasks.

Some experts attribute the performance boost to a more positive mood or increased alertness. Others say complex music triggers a response in the brain that makes it better equipped to tackle an additional task.