One main feature of music is that it can elicit a host of different emotions. Autobiographical memory is the long term memory that allows recovery of experiences and knowledge. One autobiographical component is emotion, which helps to remember certain memories than when emotions are not involved. Thus this current study tried to find a link between emotions and music-evoked autobiographical memories in AD. They asked the subjects to choose their favorite music as they hypothesized that favorite music hold high emotion valence. When asked about their favorite music, some were unable to name them and so their family helped out by naming it. After going through the conditions, they were asked for any details they remembered. They were rated using TEMPau that measures autobiographical memory – zero for absence of memory and ranging up to a four for feelings, emotions, thoughts and perceptions. The emotions were categorized as positive or negative and rated accordingly. The results showed amazing results for the chosen condition: the controls scored an average of 4 as expected, but the AD patients had scored 3.33. Furthermore, they produced more positive words than negative, and hence the autobiographical memory relevant to it.
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