Music, emotion, and autobiographical memory: They’re playing your song

@article{Schulkind1999MusicEA,
  title={Music, emotion, and autobiographical memory: They’re playing your song},
  author={Matthew D. Schulkind and L K Hennis and David C. Rubin},
  journal={Memory \& Cognition},
  year={1999},
  volume={27},
  pages={948-955}
}
Very long-term memory for popular music was investigated. Older and younger adults listened to 20-sec excerpts of popular songs drawn from across the 20th century. The subjects gave emotionality and preference ratings and tried to name the title, artist, and year of popularity for each excerpt. They also performed a cued memory test for the lyrics. The older adults’ emotionality ratings were highest for songs from their youth; they remembered more about these songs, as well. However, the… 
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