Music, Memory, and the Brain
(2/6/2014) 52 minutes


We all have certain songs that bring back vivid memories-a first crush, a family vacation, or even just riding in the car with friends. Why does music form such strong associations? In this public presentation Dr. Petr Janata provides some answers from his research focused on how music and autobiographical memories interact. Using brain imaging technology, Dr. Janata and his team have found that one part of the brain in particular, the medial prefrontal cortex, seems to serve as a "hub" that links music, memories, and emotions. This region of the brain is one of the last to atrophy over the course of Alzheimer's disease, so this research has implications for potential breakthroughs in music-based therapies for patients with Alzheimer's.

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