How Are Music And Memory Related?

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Music is an essential part of humanity and seems to have been with us for quite some time now. Ancient instruments that dates back to 43,000 years ago have been found by archaeologists. Back then, given the scarcity of entertainment, music became one of the ways to kill time while enjoying it.

Throughout time though music has proven to be much more than something to pass the time. Now it is a billion-dollar industry and is deeply ingrained within our lifestyle. Now we probably can’t imagine the world without it.

It seems though that it also extends its benefits towards a person’s memory. Getting nostalgic and reminiscing past events are actually one of the ways music enables individuals to get hold of past memories.

Music And Memory

No one is exactly sure how but music seems to improve a person’s cognitive capabilities. Musicians especially are seen to be more superior in terms of memory, spatial learning, fluency in language, and perceiving information being said even with an abundance of background noise.

People with dementia are also able to remember things with the help of music, specifically songs that they used to listen to in the past. Those that once seemed to have been totally destroyed by their mental illnesses seemed to somehow recover.

The Science Behind This

A research in 2014 revealed that their patients, who were victims of intense brain trauma, was able to recall memories much better than when visual stimuli was used. These recollections are also much better preserve than those brought about by other stimuli.

Another study done in 2016 showed that memories triggered by songs are much more detailed on contrast to those that aren’t.

An experiment was done on highschool students in Chicago. Teenagers have brains that are still immature in terms of the stage of development. Those holding this experiment will be able to track these adolescents’ brains as they grow to maturity.

These teens were given a choice of participating in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps or undergoing musical training. Both groups showed progress in their cognitive functions but those in the latter had quicker development of their brain and was expected to reach maturity in a much lesser timeframe.

Music Therapy

Because of the positive effects that music has on those with dementia, it has now been incorporated by some institutions in treating them. These mentally impaired become more responsive and sociable when songs are played. They could also better identify people who they once knew and were dear to them.

The quality of their lives improve as they become more linked to the world again. They sing, dance, and enjoy the company of others.

Though music is easily accessible through the internet with a tap of the button, it would be recommended to ask professionals for advice on this and how to go about this treatment. With the help of an expert we could better expect results to come at a faster rate then when working alone.  To get professional advice on improving your hearing so you can appreciate music, call Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846.