I”ve noticed this over and over. I have the strongest emotional memories of my life when they are strongly correlated with music. Why is that? Why do my emotions tie in so strongly with music?
Apparently, there is a scientific reason behind it. According to Peter Janata in Life Science:
The part of the brain known as the medial pre-frontal cortex sits just behind the forehead, acting like recent Oscar host Hugh Jackman singing and dancing down Hollywood’s memory lane.
“What seems to happen is that a piece of familiar music serves as a soundtrack for a mental movie that starts playing in our head.” said Petr Janata, a cognitive neuroscientist at University of California, Davis. “It calls back memories of a particular person or place, and you might all of a sudden see that person’s face in your mind’s eye.”
He also adds:
[this] research merely tried to establish a neuroscience basis for why music can tickle memory. He voiced the hope that his and other studies could encourage practices such as giving iPods to Alzheimer’s patients – perhaps providing real-life testament to the power of music.
Good to know. Isn’t? Indeed.