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Published April 3, 2024

There's a scientific reason the music of your youth is better than anything new

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There's a reason the music you loved as a kid hits differently.

A message from California therapist Nikki Roy is going viral for her explanation of neural nostalgia and how it relates to the music that raised us.

She explains, "Researchers are finding that the music we listen to as teenagers binds to our brains differently than anything we'll ever hear as adults."

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She adds, "If you feel a little dysregulated or need a moment to re-connect with yourself - blast a song from the past, which I'm sure you listened to last week, anyway."

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, our brains don't stop developing until we're in our mid-20s, and we process information with the amygdala, the emotion center.

It all makes so much sense.


Think about what you listened to as a teen. Even if you didn't love a certain song, you can't help but sing along now when you hear it.

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Ahem. Spice Girls.

And if you love a song, you're immediately in a good or nostalgic mood when you hear it.

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