Why Are We Better At Remembering Vocal Melodies Than Instrumental Tunes?

When it comes to memory for music, humans show an interesting quirk: we’re better at remembering melodies that are sung by voice, compared to those played on an instrument. Even a melody sung without any lyrics — just a series of la la las, for instance — becomes lodged in our memory in a way that a tune played on the piano, say, does not. Now a new study published in Cognition has looked into why our memory is so much better for sung melodies. ….[READ]