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← Earworms: Why songs get stuck in our heads

Saganic Rites's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by Saganic Rites

CEVA34, the point of the earworm is that, like it's cousin the tapeworm, it's unwanted. You are a very lucky fellow indeed if you've never walked through a shopping centre, or been in a lift, without ever inadvertantly picking up on an annoying riff or a couple of lines of a song that just seems to 'hang-on in there', or suddenly popping back up days or even weeks later

. And I think that people are talking about pop music because that's what is mostly played in public spaces; just as with any other infection, the more people are exposed to it, the better it can spread.

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 22:09:48 UTC | #925478