Bring Back Memories!!!

Music Therapy for Memory by Ana McReynolds

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a clinical and evidence based use of music intervention to accomplish an individual goals within a therapeutic relationship. It promotes wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, enhance memories lose, and improve communication. Listening to music has engage broad neural networks in the brain, including brain region that is responsible for motor actions, emotions, and creativity.


  • From the University of Newcastle in Australia, Psychologists Amee Baird and Severine Samson had used popular music to help severely brain injured patients recall personal memories. In their studies they played the snippets from the Billboard Hot 100 number one songs. They asked the participants to record on how familiar the song that given to them, whether they like it, and the memories the song evoked. In the finally results songs that evoked a memory were noted and well liked than the songs that trigger a MEAM.
  • In 2011,Finnish researchers used a groundbreaking methods that allowed them to study how on the brain processes from different aspects of music, such as rhythm, tonality and timbre in a real like situation. the discovered that listening music actives wide networks in the brain that are responsible for motor actions. A method of mapping that revealed complex dynamics of brain networks.


I'm interested in this topic because as a person who listen to music a lot I found out that music helps people who are suffering Alzheimer's disease or dementia to gain back their memories. It help me understand how music affects on us and how it builds back memories into our brain. It helps others with their memories that they might have forgotten because of a circuital conditions and diseases that cause memories loss.


Interesting things

  • Supports the effectiveness of interventions in many areas like the facilitating movement and overall physical vehabilitation increase movements in treatments and providing emotional support for clients and their families and creating an outlet expression of feelings.
  • If used appropriately, music can shift mood, deals with stress induced agitation, coordinates motor movements, and facilitate cognitive function.
  • It it influenced by the motor center of the brain that responds directly to auditory rhythmic cues.