SOME SONGS MAY HELP THE FORGETFUL TUNE IN TO THEIR MEMORIES
Having trouble remembering things you used to know so well? Try turning on the radio, and it might come back to you.
According to one study on elderly men and women with slight to severe dementia, certain kinds of music appear to aid recall. While the research, presented recently to the British Psychological Society, focused specifically on senior citizens, the results might also help other adults, such as those who are in school.
Researchers at the University of London interviewed 23 elderly people about their life experiences, though many of them experienced memory loss so severe they could sometimes not even remember their spouse's name. The University of London researchers, Elizabeth Valentine, Ph.D., and Nicholas
Foster, a Ph.D. candidate, focused specifically on what types of sounds are beneficial to recall, as they had already determined in previous studies that music is a memory aid.