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  Benefits of music on verbal learning and memory: How and when does it work?

Ferreri, L., & Verga, L. (2016). Benefits of music on verbal learning and memory: How and when does it work? Music Perception, 34(2), 167-182. doi:10.1525/mp.2016.34.2.167.

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Ferreri, Laura1, Author
Verga, Laura2, Author              
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1Cognition and Brain Plasticity Unit, University of Barcelona, Spain, ou_persistent22              
2Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              

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Free keywords: Music; Memory; Verbal learning; Language; Cognitive improvement
 Abstract: A long-standing debate in cognitive neurosciences concerns the effect of music on verbal learning and memory. Research in this field has largely provided conflicting results in both clinical as well as non-clinical populations. Although several studies have shown a positive effect of music on the encoding and retrieval of verbal stimuli, music has also been suggested to hinder mnemonic performance by dividing attention. In an attempt to explain this conflict, we review the most relevant literature on the effects of music on verbal learning and memory. Furthermore, we specify several mechanisms through which music may modulate these cognitive functions. We suggest that the extent to which music boosts these cognitive functions relies on experimental factors, such as the relative complexity of musical and verbal stimuli employed. These factors should be carefully considered in further studies, in order to reliably establish how and when music boosts verbal memory and learning. The answers to these questions are not only crucial for our knowledge of how music influences cognitive and brain functions, but may have important clinical implications. Considering the increasing number of approaches using music as a therapeutic tool, the importance of understanding exactly how music works can no longer be underestimated.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2015-03-092016-02-282016-12-02
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1525/mp.2016.34.2.167
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Title: Music Perception
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 34 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 167 - 182 Identifier: ISSN: 0730-7829
CoNE: /journals/resource/954925533029