Your brain on music

by | Oct 20, 2017 | Dementia, Health, News

Why do the songs we loved in our late teens and early 20s trigger such powerful memories? The power of music to prompt feelings, memories and even physical responses has led to it being used more and more in cognitive therapy.​

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 During our teens and early 20s, a combination of rapid brain development and hormones means our brains create really strong neural connections to songs that stay with us throughout our lives – memory researchers call this the ‘reminiscence bump’.Researchers at the University of Leeds have suggested another reason – in this same period of life many of us experience “the emergence of a stable and enduring self.” The power of music to prompt feelings, memories and even physical responses has led to it being used more and more in cognitive therapy, particularly in relation to stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Read the article from Radionz