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Music: The Last Thing We Forget

Authors
  • Foo, Francine1, 2
  • Johnson, Elizabeth L.1, 3
  • 1 Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • 2 Biophysics Graduate Group, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • 3 Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Mar 13, 2017
Volume
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2017.00005
Source
Frontiers
Disciplines
  • Neuroscience
  • Core Concept
License
Green

Abstract

Have you ever wondered what happens in your brain when you think about your favorite songs? Recent research has revealed an area of the brain that is active when we listen to music that we know. This musical memory area is separate from the parts of your brain you use to remember things you have learned in school or details about events that happen in your life. In this article, we will show you where in the brain the musical memory area is, and why your memory for music is often resistant to brain diseases that cause memory loss.

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