Long-Term Memory for Music

  • Lola L. Cuddy
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)


This chapter begins with a brief overview of traditional approaches to long-term memory in general. It highlights the memory system known as semantic memory, and then in subsequent sections explores the proposal that a purely musical semantic memory may be identified and is isolable from semantic memory in other, nonmusical, domains. Finally, neuropsychological evidence for the selective sparing of the musical semantic memory system in dementia is reviewed.


Alzheimer disease


distorted tunes test


frontotemporal degeneration


medial temporal lobe


semantic dementia



Lola L. Cuddy's research was supported by a Discovery Grant from NSERC (RGPIN/333), the GRAMMY foundation, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Ritu Sikka provided invaluable assistance in the preparation of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lola L. Cuddy
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  1. 1.Dept. of PsychologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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