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Beatles' tunes aid memory recall

music Updated: Sep 08, 2008 18:23 IST

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Are you finding it really hard to recollect some sweet memories of the past? Fret not. Just tune in to Beatles' music.

British researchers have suggested that Beatles' tunes can facilitate in recalling memory, which they claim will help them better understand someday how music could aid humans tap into the long forgotten events of their lives.

"For a long time people have noticed that music can help people remember events from their lives, (but) this is the first real data that shows this," lead researcher Catriona Morrison of Leeds University said.

The ongoing study explores the vast repertoire of human autobiographical memories, according to the researchers.

"(Autobiographical) memories are formed from the events of our lives; we need them in order to have a sense of self," Morrison said.

In their study, the researchers invited people to recount a memory that relates to the Beatles. Participants were told to think of the first thing that came to mind -- a vivid memory relating to a particular album, song, news story or even a band member.

The study found that the recounted memories are almost always positive, that people remember particular episodes very vividly -- sounds, smells and sights of the memory were often recounted.

"The memories were equally split between men and women, and came from all ages -- the youngest was 17 and the eldest was 87," co-researcher Professor Martin Conway was quoted by the 'BBC News' portal as saying.

He said that what they found interesting in the prelimary results of the study was that there's no difference between men and women in terms of the sense of emotion that the memories evoked.