Music and memory

Music and memory

Music helps with making memories from long ago feel relevant again. When you hear a song that had specific meaning to you in the past, the memory of that moment will come back with unbelievable details.

Alzheimer’s patients can sing the songs that they learned as young adults. This is a promising step in treating patients suffering from dementia and those with brain injuries.

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Music makes it easier to engage

Music provides the foundation for social activities that help to connect people. This is especially true if they share similar tastes in music.

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Music improves your reasoning

The rhythms of a song, together with physical actions, can help the brain to transfer memories of that moment to your long-term storage centers. Dancing to music has the same effect.

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Music changes your perception

Fast melodies make time seem to accelerate. Slow songs make time seem to slow down.

Grocery store checkout lines and waiting rooms both use music because it alters a person’s judgment of time.

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Music improves visual attention

Certain types of music increase a person’s visual attention levels.

Stroke patients who participated in a small study. showed improved eye movement and task completion during the times when they listened to pleasant music.

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Music and heart disease

A common side effect associated with heart disease includes stress and anxiety. 

Studies have shown that by listening to music, stress and tension levels dropped in patients treated for coronary heart disease.

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Music can increase your emotional IQ 

Listening regularly to music that brings you joy can help you to identify facial expressions and body language associated with happy emotions.

Music therapy shows the largest improvements in emotional IQ with children on the autism spectrum.

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Music and personalities

Several studies confirmed that particular character traits correspond to musical preferences. For example:

  • Opera fans are generally found to be gentle, creative, with a high level of self-esteem.
  • Country music fans are found to be outgoing and very hardworking.
  • Reggae fans are found to be far more laid back and much more at ease.

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Music and hormonal balance
  • Hormones like cortisol get released by the body when we listen to music that we don’t enjoy. When the cortisol levels increase, higher levels of anxiety begin to appear.
  • When we listen to music which we are fond of, then dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins are released. This makes us feel glad, confident, and relaxed.

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Music can help you to control pain

Music is powerful enough to control all levels of pain when an injury occurs. Music helps bridge the gap between events when the brain experiences it. 

Creating music can have a positive effect on physical comfort, energy, fatigue, and anxiety.

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Music increases your creativity

Ambient music at 70 decibels will increase specific creative tasks by activating the parts of the brain that think in abstract ways.

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Music improves your focus

This happens because music stimulates the entire brain and not just segments of it. Using this knowledge can help you in various ways.

  • Meditation. Some people use music to help them clear their minds.
  • Listening to music while studying or working can help you remember more of the information.
  • During exercise. It takes the mind’s focus off of fatigue.
  • Focus on sleep. Music calms the mind and causes you to focus on your rest.

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Music can increase your IQ

Studies found that 90% of children exposed to music experienced physical changes in their brains and that allowed for increased transfer of cognitive information.

In a study conducted by York University, children exposed to music tested higher on verbal IQ tests involving word recall, information analyzation, and language-based reasoning.

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Music improves productivity

Listening to your favorite music will help stimulate adrenaline secretion, and other hormones, which will boost your mental focus and physical energy levels. This is also true during exercise sessions and other household chores.

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Happy/sad music

Our brains respond differently to happy or sad music.

One study revealed that participants interpreted a neutral expression as happy or sad to match the tone of the music they heard. 

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Elevate your mood and motivation

A strong mental wellbeing is closely aligned with optimistic and positive feelings.

The bright musical tones and lyrics will change or elevate your mood and empower you for the day ahead.

Up-tempo, fast-paced music gets your brain and body moving, making you amped up and motivated to enjoy what’s ahead.

In fact, researchers have claimed classical and ambient music have the best mood-boosting benefits, while metal and hard electronic music were considered to have the opposite effect.

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Musical taste crystalizes by our early 20s

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are evaluated every Billboard chart-topping tune released between 1960 and 2000, using data from Spotify, along with the ages of those songs' biggest fans.

He found out that the average woman's musical tastes are formed between the ages of 11 and 14, while an average man's music tastes are virtually cemented between the ages of 13 and 16.

Therefore, by our early 20s, our music tastes get locked into place pretty firmly.

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Why do old people hate new music?

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