Research has found that doctors are more likely to detect precancerous polyps if they listened to Mozart playing in the background while performing colonscopies.
However the study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston was very small which included just 2 doctors. It was found that the polyp detection rate by one of the doctor when he listened to Mozart was 3 times higher (66.7%) as compared to when he did not listen to the music (21.25%). Previous research has also proved that Mozart's music can provide a significant short-term boost to spatial-temporal reasoning, which involves the person's ability to compare and transform mental images in space and time. While some experts attribute this enhanced performance to a more positive mood or increased arousal. Some others opined that complex music triggers a response in the brain that makes it better equipped to tackle an additional task.
AdvertisementThe study authors suggested that these findings could help reduce the number of people affected by invasive colorectal cancer. Early detection prevents the development of disease and hence decreased mortality due to colorectal cancer.