Saturday, January 24, 2009

Songs can cue specific memories

Songs can cue specific memories - "Thinking about a particular song -- no matter if the music of your life was doo-wop or disco -- can cue vivid memories of the past, U.S. researchers found.

'We thought that actually hearing the song would bring back the most vivid memories,' Richard Harris of the Kansas State University said in a statement. 'But in our study there wasn't a lot of difference in memory between those who heard the song and those who didn't. What we determined was happening is that you already know the song and you're hearing it in your mind.'"