#StackBounty: #cognitive-psychology #educational-psychology #iq #music #cognition Does learning (to play) music increase IQ?

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In one fairly cited study by E. Glenn Schellenberg (~800 citations in Google Scholar) we find that

Compared with children in the control groups, children in the music groups exhibited greater increases in full-scale IQ. The effect was relatively small, but it generalized across IQ subtests, index scores, and a standardized measure of academic achievement.

The exact effect size computed by the authors was 0.35, and the raw increase in IQ score is summarized in the authors’ graph below:

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There is a paper by Kenneth M. Steele challenging the study on methodological grounds. This criticism received a reply from Schellenberg which in turn was answered by Steele.

So, has this finding (music education effect on IQ) survived replication in other studies?


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