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Gordon Shaw - author of the book "Keeping Mozart in Mind," which chronicles the so-called "Mozart Effect" on the learning skills of those listening to the composer's music - will deliver the Parsons Foundation Early Childhood Education Series Lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Old Dominion University's Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium.

The lecture, part of the Old Dominion President's Lecture Series, is made possible by the Alison J. and Ella W. Parsons Foundation. It is free and open to the public.

Since Shaw's original findings were presented in 1993, "The Mozart Effect" phenomenon has been widely discussed in both the scientific community and the media. It is based on the principal observation that study participants improved their scores on spatial-temporal tests after listening to Mozart piano sonatas.

During his visit to campus, Shaw also will conduct workshops for students in Old Dominion's Darden College of Education and area teachers.

Shaw is chairman of the board of the MIND Institute and professor emeritus of physics at the University of California-Irvine.

His major research interests focus on using music as a window into higher brain function. Important behavioral studies and neurophysiological investigations have been conducted based on the brain model he developed. The Music Spatial-Temporal Math Program of the MIND Institute has, at present, more than 4,100 second- and third-graders in 30 schools.

Shaw has written more than 170 publications in neuroscience and elementary particle physics.

For more information, please call 683-3114.

This article was posted on: August 9, 2002

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