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"Musicians have a bigger IQ than other people."
Hmm...not the musicians *I* used to play with. Certainly not the drummers.
Seriously, I don't see any reason to think that musicians would have *higher* IQs than "other people." The mental abilities measured by the IQ - analytical thinking, memory capacity - are not unique to musicians. One might argue that you cannot be a good musician without them, but then you get into the slippery definition of what is a "good" musician, e.g., what are "right notes" (how about Charlie Parker when he was skroning)? What is musicianship?
Of course classically trained musicians who have had hours of ear training, sight reading and been forced to memorize long pieces will likely score better on the IQ test than normal controls, but is that an ability related to being a musician or just a result of being forced to do mentally challenging tasks? Are these people any more musicians than a naturally gifted musician who cannot sight read and is by most measures dumb as a post?
If you operationalize the definitions quite a bit you might get a testable hypothesis. But my advice - don't test drummers.
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From: Daniel Ladwig [mailto:clarinetbuddy8@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, August 8, 2008 01:10 PM
Subject: Rethinking my psychology seminar project
I originally planned to do my project on intelligence differences between musicians and non-musicians..but I thought that was too fague and we already know that musicians have a bigger IQ then other people.
I decided to do my study on..well here is my hypothesis: More persistent musicians have higher IQ's then less persistent musicians.
So instead of looking at people who do and don't play music..we can look at people that both play but some musicians may be at reading, making the right sounds and putting a lot of musicianship into the music. Think of great musicians like Charlie Parker and Gene Krupa..just by listening to how they play, you must believe that they were geniuses.
I was think of taking 25 good musicians and 25 not so good musicians and give them some kind of IQ test and playing ability test..not sure what kind yet..got any tips on that? There are probably factors involved? (maybe being lazy, not wanting to practice or wanting to be the best...other than a not so good musician's IQ.) Maybe some physiological and mentel aspects involved.
If not that idea, do you have any good ideas around that kind of field??
If you have any tips or ideas and places where I can get some research on these narrow topic PLEASE let me know! If you have any other good idea also please let me know!
I'm a psychology major at CSU Chico working on my BA right now. I plan to go to a grad school to get my Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience.
~Dan T. Ladwig