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Why do some songs evoke memories and feelings of nostalgia, also smell and taste?

As my childhood was not great, music from the 70's brings back such a great feeling, it almost seems that I'm back in that time and age, and the smell of cigars, (although maybe not a great place to be as a young child,) sitting at a bar with my dad, sparks back memories that brings me to tears sometimes.
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On Sirius/XM there is a 70's station and on Sunday morning they play old top 40 count down with Casey Kasem. We always went to the beach after church and would listen to the countdown. Once I heard Casey Kasem talking and the song Dream Weaver came on I felt like I was right back on that beach, sun, sand and the smell of Coppertone. In reality I was driving in Kansas with an overcast sky. It really made my day.

I am sorry your memories weren't as happy. There is one song that takes me back to a time when it was not good for me. I had been assaulted and dealing with it later. So I get that fear from that song.

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I remember Casey Kasem, my dad loved listening to; Dream Weaver has to be one of my all time faves; my dad smoking his Marlboros, sipping on coffee, and reading the paper from front to back, thanx for sharing gatotblu!
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because when you brain associates it with whatever activity it was doing when you first listened to it?

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The good and bad memories of Life are enriched with a multitude of sensory input. Depending on one's dominant sensory modality(ies), memories are indelibly recorded, for better or worse. One of my favorites: first date, first kiss, perfect kiss. If the song "Groovin" by the Rascals would have been playing in the background somewhere, Classic.

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Pencil dude is right. In psychology, this would be state dependent memory.

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They are stored in your hippocampus and when it is stimulated your response is evoked.

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Music triggered many memories for me. Taste and smell (the strongest) are very strong triggers also. These things just put you back in the moment. They seem to open up a part of your brain that is closed. Sometimes for very good reasons.
I only have a couple good memories. So I just try to leave it all in the past.

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That's so true notbob, (when receiving counseling,) the smell of old books in the counseling office triggered such memories, that it actually helped me to remember things that were stored away.
Do you have a song or smell of something that brings you back to a wonderful time in your life?
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I tried therapists. 2 almost cried. One guy said I need to stop talking about it. Not one believe for a second they're false memories because they're way to vivid, and consistent. Don't vary at all. I stopped therapy after a couple visits. Jesus is the only one who could ever heal all that anyway. Please flag that. I didn't mean to put all that on here. That's the problem, once you start you can't stop. Half my life was about severe abuse, the other half about lies and deception.
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You have been through a lot notbob, so sorry, but like you said, through Christ, you can overcome. Do you believe this is your testimony to help other s that have endured so much pain as yourself? ( I flagged it for you) You must have wonderful songs that make you think of your grandchildren, maybe a song that played in a restaurant while with them? I listen to Mercy Me & Jeremy Camp a lot, they help me to remember what I came out of.
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Nope, no music. And they live near several states away. I have an Easter egg hunt story that's hysterical. Thanks for flagging. There's things still going on that I don't want seen.
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Because they are associated with good memories. They were present when something good happened.
This will sound very bizarre but i grew up in the country and had a very good, wonderful childhood with many cousins around. I have many happy memories that occured with the scent of scared skunk in the air. Now, thirty or so years later, while i cant say i ENJOY skunk scent, i dont hate it either and it does invoke great memories. Its said scent memory is the strongest of all sensory memories. Sound is second.

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