A study from the University of Connecticut suggests that people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a lower ability to remember song lyrics. This can be a problem for those who are in an environment where music is being played frequently, such as at work or at home. When you are trying to focus on something, it can be difficult to understand when someone is singing a song when they don’t know the lyrics.
Do you have difficulty remembering song lyrics? Or do you know someone who does? If so, it may be because they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD affects between 4% and 6% of children, though some estimates go as high as 9%. It is characterized by impulsive behavior and short attention spans.
The symptoms of ADHD are often seen in early childhood. They usually start around age 3 or 4, but some children experience symptoms from birth.
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I know that my son has ADHD and that is why I am posting this article, but it also happens to be one of the most important lessons for parents and educators. He does not like to repeat himself and often repeats what he hears someone else say. He will even say the same thing over and over again as if they were his own words, or as if he is trying to remember the lyrics of a song.
Yes! Yes! Yes! I can remember almost anything if you put it to music. I forget faces. I forget names but, I never forget a voice. I don’t know if it’s related to my ADHD but, my audio memory is a vault when compared with the sieve that makes up the rest of my brain. It’s possible that music reaches a part of the ADHD brain that other things do not. It has been proven that music aids in memory retention in patients with Alzheimer’s
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I don’t listen to the radio songs because I don’t hear every word so it gets annoying. I like instrumentals, preferably not too many instruments. So the classical station is for me, if they had a medieval station that is what I would listen to; the instruments were more simple and playing in quartets and more simple music.
I really can’t listen to a set by one musician, it all sounds the same to me. I can listen to Christmas music if by different artists. Probably not too much of it.
I have ADHD, and for me, when I hear a song played on the radio a ton of times, I will pick up and know the words. Sometimes I just block out the music completely though, other times it’s all I can hear.
If I really like a song I’ve never heard before and I want to look it up later I will listen to the lyrics until I can look them up. I put all my attention and energy into listening and remembering the lyrics if I really like a song.
Can you guys remember song lyrics?
I’ve always struggled with this and i was wondering if it was an ADD thing or something else
I generally don’t but I think it’s because I don’t pay attention to the lyrics when I’m listening to a song but instead focus on the melody/music itself.
I am excellent at it. I can quote songs that I haven’t heard in 20 years. However, I don’t know the name of the road that leads out of my community.
Likewise, I can quote, in it’s entirety, monty python and the holy grail (have been able to since the third time i saw it) but god forbid i know whats due next class period
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No. I can hum the entire tune/song for you, but I can’t remember the lyrics to save my life. (Unless I’m listening to the song at the same time, then I belt that crap out.) However, I think this has to do more with with the fact that I have played an instrument for years and so my brain latches on more to the instrument part than the lyrics/words.
My husband once said to me when I was getting my degree, that if they could turn my textbook into song lyrics, I would remember everything I had to learn. It’s true, I feel such an affinity with music, beat, timing, melody…I used to actually make acronyms out of things I had to learn and make a song out of them. My son is the same, I made up a couple of repetitive sing song sayings in grade school to help him remember a few math concepts, and he still uses them now in high school. Music is so powerful, and people who’s brains click with it can be helped immensely if it is applied to learning.
Can’t remember song lyrics to save my life. I always wonder how so many of my friends and colleagues are able to remember full songs easily.
I can sing along to a song 15 times in a row and not be able to reproduce the lyrics or melody right after. It was torture trying to sing lullabies to my daughter. I have four songs I can sing her.
My husband, on the other hand, can sing songs after hearing them once.
We both have ADD.
I always hear music in my head and remember song lyrics from the 70s and 80s. I always have an oldie station on in the car and I sing along. It helps me concentrate by blocking out the rest of the noise I guess.
I always say that the reason I can’t remember anything new is that my head is already full of cheesy song lyrics from the 70s.
I focus naturally on the melody and not so much on the lyrics. In fact more often than not, what I think I am hearing is not the actually words in the lyrics. That is my mind makes up what it wants to based on the melody and rhythm of the music. I never memorize lyrics.
When I was in middle school and I had nothing better to do, I’d copy off song lyrics and memorise them religiously so I wouldn’t mess up when I sing. I really like singing so I must’ve sung them hundreds of times before I remembered them.
On the other hand songs that I’ve never seen in print, I can’t remember the lyrics to for the life of me; if I was on a game show I’d lose so hard. D: