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What are the connections between music and memory?

Updated Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Hearing a particular song can take us back to a certain moment in our lives. In this interactive we're going to take a trip down memory lane, looking at songs from the past and exploring what music means to you.

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Q1: Image copyright of Gail Stephen on
Q2: Image copyright-free from Wikipedia.
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Q6: Video copyright of Nordoff Robins on
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