Investigating the role of involuntary retrieval in music-evoked autobiographical memories

Amy M. Belfi, Elena Bai, Ava Stroud, Raelynn Twohy, Janelle N. Beadle

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Abstract

Music is a particularly salient autobiographical memory cue. Prior work has indicated that autobiographical memories evoked by music are more episodically rich than those evoked by other sensory cues. One explanation for this effect could be that music evokes autobiographical memories in a more involuntary manner than other cues. Here, we investigated the role of involuntary retrieval in music-evoked autobiographical memories. Results indicated that, regardless of intentionality, music-evoked autobiographical memories were more episodically rich and contained more perceptual details than face-evoked memories. That is, even when directly comparing involuntary music-evoked memories to involuntary face-evoked memories, there was still a consistent difference in episodic richness between memories evoked by the two cue types. This suggests that it is not the involuntary nature of music-evoked memories alone that drives this difference, but that the difference in episodic richness between cue types seems at least partially to depend on other stimulus features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103305
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Volume100
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Autobiographical memory
  • Episodic
  • Music
  • Vividness
  • Voluntary control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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