How Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads

Research conducted to by Dr. Kelly Jakubowski has revealed that certain songs can get stuck in your head thanks to fast tempos, as well as a common melodic shape and unusual tempos have a greater tendency to become "Earworms." Dr. Jakubowski recommends the following steps to get earworms out of your mind: engage with the song. Many people report that actually listening to the earworm song all the way through can help to eliminate having it stuck on a loop; distract yourself by thinking of or listening to a different song; try not to think about it and let it fade away naturally on its own.

 

Written By Frank DiMarco