Our favourite song is from when we were 14, study finds, as scientists reveal ‘reminiscence bump’ peaks in early adolescence

January 2, 2021

Mail online: Your favourite pop songs are most likely to be the ones in the charts when you were 14, a study has found. Researchers discovered this is the age we make the strongest musical connection because the records playing on the radio get entwined with major life events in our formative teenage years.

The songs bring vivid memories flooding back in what is known as a ‘reminiscence bump’ – which scientists suggest could play a key role in caring for dementia patients.

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Read the research study in Music & Science