Have you ever wondered how music is able to conjure memories of the people and places of your past? Why it can give you that flashback feeling?
As we go through life, the music we love becomes neurologically intertwined with the most noteworthy people, places, and memories of our lives, forming a ‘neural tapestry’. This ‘neural tapestry’ is why songs linked to autobiographical memories induce that flashback feeling.
For a person with dementia, beloved music may not trigger any specific memories, but it can still help them more easily navigate their confusing and unfamiliar surroundings.