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Music, memory and emotion

Lutz Jäncke

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Department of Neuropsychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Zurich, Binzmuhlestrasse 14, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland

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Journal of Biology 2008, 7:21  doi:10.1186/jbiol82

Published: 8 August 2008


Because emotions enhance memory processes and music evokes strong emotions, music could be involved in forming memories, either about pieces of music or about episodes and information associated with particular music. A recent study in BMC Neuroscience has given new insights into the role of emotion in musical memory.