Magazine article Work & Family Life

Catchy Tunes Help Stir Old Memories

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Catchy Tunes Help Stir Old Memories

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Researchers at the University of London who were interviewing older people about their life experiences made an interesting discovery. They found that playing certain kinds of music aided recall.

The study, presented to the British Psychological Society, focused on older people with slight to severe memory loss (including some who were unable even to remember their spouse's name), but the researchers think their findings may well apply to other adults as well.

It seems that when upbeat music was played, the study A participants' ability to recall their earlier years was sharper. It didn't matter whether or not the older person was familiar with the melody.

It was the pulse of the music-and, by extension, of the body-that made the difference because "it gets the general level of the system up," said Elizabeth Valentine, Ph. …

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