The Effect Music Has on Our Memory

Music allows listeners to travel back and revisit memories long forgotten. We've all experienced a deja vu while driving home and hearing some old school hymn on the radio, taking you back to your old primary school. Here are some of the magical ways that music can affect the body and mind.

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It can be used for therapy

For people suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, music therapy can be an extremely helpful and beneficial activity for them to engage in. This can be performing, creating, composing, or even just listening to music. Music therapy helps reduce the confusion that these individuals have by stimulating their remote memory.

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It stimulates the brain

By pairing music with daily activities, it helps people who suffer from memory loss develop a rhythm that can help them in recalling the task or chores they are supposed to carry out. It also helps improve their capability of doing these activities in a certain time frame.

It is a form of communication

Listening to music evokes emotions. Playing music for a loved one triggers certain emotions, which communicate messages to that person. Music acts as a bridge to pass a message when words simply are not enough.