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Hello, we are two girls from Colorado and we did a science fair project in 2002 about music and rats. We had heard a lot about the "Mozart Effect," where supposedly listening to classical music helps you learn better. We have 3 pet rats, and we wanted to see if a rat would learn a maze faster by listening to classical music, rock music, or silence.

We made 3 mazes out of cardboard and tested how fast our rats learned the mazes when listening to the different types of music. We found out that they learned the fastest when there was no music at all. They learned the slowest when they were listening to rock music, and classical music was in between. Rats don't like loud noises which may be why they learned slowest to rock music. Maybe they learned quickest to no music because there was nothing to distract them. The classical music didn't seem to help them, anyway.

We had a lot of fun doing this project and we learned a lot too. We decided to put up a web page about our project so that maybe someone else will do a similar project for their science fair or get some ideas from what we did. This page has one of our graphs and pictures of one of our rats in a maze on it, but if you want to know all about the project, you'll want to download a copy of our report. It is a 5.1 MB PDF file, so you can read it on any type of computer. You will need Acrobat Reader to read it (get it here if you don't already have it). Then click this link to download our report.

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