Many of us can’t deny that the music we listened to in our teens had a strong impact on us when we were growing up, and even though these songs may be deemed “old” right now, they are somehow important to us because some of them helped us through the experiences we faced in our teens.
Well, according to a research conducted in the UK, music that we listened to between the ages of ten and 30 could give us memories that can stay with us forever.
In the research that was published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, teams from the University of Westminster and City University of London used data from Britain’s longest-running radio program, BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Islands Discs.
The show asked famous personalities which eight pieces of music they would take with them if they were stranded alone on a desert island and the responses of 80 “Desert Island Discs” guests showed that people were more likely to choose music that is important to them.
17 percent said that they chose a record because it reminded them of a relationship with a specific person, such as a parent, partner or friend, while 16.2 percent said that the music reminded them of their childhood, and perhaps was a record which they remember playing again and again.
The third most common reason for choosing a track, given by 12.9 percent of guests, was that the song reminded them of a life-changing moment.
The researchers used Bruce Springsteen as an example, who said that “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles had inspired him to pick up a guitar himself and start a band.
Over half of the songs chosen by the guests had also been important to them during the time when they were between the age of ten and the age of 30.
The researchers say this period is commonly known as the ‘reminiscence bump’, although they like to think of it more as a ‘self-defining period,’ as it is a time when we develop our sense of who we are. It’s also a time when we connect music to important people, places, and moments which gives us long-lasting memories.
Professor Catherine Loveday, Neuropsychologist at the University of Westminster and Lead Researcher, commented on the findings saying,
“Guests frequently chose songs because they were related to important memories that occurred during teenage years. This extends previous findings by showing that music from this time has particular meaning, primarily because it relates to memories from this very important developmental period of our life.”
“Unlike previous studies, this study shows that this occurs even in a completely naturalistic setting, where people are not constrained by experimental settings and have a completely free rein on their musical choices.”
Source: AFP Relaxnews
Music certainly plays an important role in our lives as music can help us get through some really trying times. What are some songs that have helped you through difficult situations? Let us know in the comments below!
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