Featured Talk: Sticky songs and memory

Presented by
Petr Janata (UC Davis)

Petr Janata Most people experience fragments of music that repeatedly play in their minds, many times a day. Involuntary musical imagery is a pervasive form of spontaneous thought and memory replay. This replay serves not only to improve memory for the music itself, but also to enhance memory for some forms of narrative information that have been associated with the music. These findings help to provide a mechanistic account of why music serves as a potent trigger of music-evoked autobiographical memories across the lifespan, and spur speculation about ways in which music might be used to facilitate memory consolidation more broadly.