That’s Why Songs Get Stuck in Your Head

BRIGHT SIDE

Why do songs get stuck in your head? There are a lot of times when it happens for no good reason. Sometimes, indeed, the tunes that get stuck in your head are against your musical preferences. You might morally object to the lyrics of a song, but the tune can be so catchy that you find yourself humming it without realizing it.

But there is some hope to stop the song playing in your head on repeat. For example, according to a study conducted by the University of Reading, chewing gum can help. While you’re chewing, the brain is engaged with the parts of your body responsible for speech: your mouth, tongue, and teeth. So next time a catchy song begins to play in your head, don’t wait! Chew a bit of gum.

TIMESTAMPS:
Why does this happen? 2:17
3 factors that will cement a song in people’s heads forever 4:02
How to stop the song playing in your head 5:06
Chew some gum 5:12
Sing a different song 5:56
Focus on a specific mental task 6:28
Listen to the actual song 7:03
Enjoy the free concert in your head 7:41

#earworms #humanbrain #catchysong

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SUMMARY:
– Earworms are responsible for putting songs on auto-play in your head. 92% of people regularly experience earworms at least once a week. Earworms vary by intensity with most lasting between 15 to 30 seconds, though it can seem like a lot longer when it’s playing several times a day!
– Most of the earworms people catch are very simple in nature. It’s much easier to catch a simple tune with a chorus that repeats than a complex piece of instrumental music.
– According to a study by researchers from Durham University, published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, many earworm songs are upbeat in tempo.
– They are the type of song you can dance to, or at least tap your foot to, so slow songs are less likely to be catchy.
– The catchiest songs are also neither “too simple nor too complex.” Interestingly, this idea is explored in the field of psychology, and it’s called the Goldilocks Effect.
– Sometimes all you want is silence, so singing a different song might not sound like a good solution. However, some songs can be so darn catchy that they just won’t leave, so you have to pick your battles.
– Disengage from the earworm by putting your mind toward something that’s mentally engaging. It could be figuring out your schedule for the week, playing sudoku, or completing a crossword puzzle.
– If you’ve tried everything without success, it’s best not to worry too much about it. Let the earworm take its course. What will definitely not help is trying to force yourself to stop thinking about it.

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