APR 18, 2017 07:08 PM PDT

Get that song out of my head!


Ever heard of an ear-worm? Also known as involuntary musical imagery, perpetual music track, or sticky song syndrome, most of us have at once point been plagued with this phenomenon. In fact, one study showed that 90% of people suffer from at least one ear-worm every week. Approximately a third of people get songs stuck every day! But why do songs get stuck in our heads, why do you sing the same verse over and over, and why is it so difficult to get a song unstuck?

Psychologists refer to the Zeigarnik effect to explain the reason why we often only get fragments of songs stuck in our heads. This effect describes how people tend to remember tasks that have been interrupted more than tasks that have been completed. Following this, if you only hear a part of a song, you may be more susceptible to rehearing that part for the rest of the day. Also following this logic, if you consciously complete the song, you may be able to unstick it from your head!

Of course, some songs get stuck in our heads more than others because of their repetitive nature, be it the words or melody. What can you do to get these catchy songs away from you? Watch the video to find out!
About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
NOV 15, 2018
Cardiology
NOV 15, 2018
An Updated Look At Pacemakers
As pacemakers are now used for a wide range of heart conditions, most of us know someone who has this life-saving medical device. Hundreds of thousands of...
NOV 23, 2018
Videos
NOV 23, 2018
Another Food Recall: Ground Turkey
The USDA announced that Jennie-O has recalled about 147,276 pounds of its ground raw turkey products....
NOV 24, 2018
Videos
NOV 24, 2018
Bats may Hold the Secret to Longevity
Some bats can live for up to 41 years, and many have a very healthy life....
NOV 28, 2018
Videos
NOV 28, 2018
What critics think about the first gene-edited babies
Chinese scientist He Jiankui took advantage of the International Human Genome Editing Summit in Hong Kong to publicize the results of his Crispr-Cas9 trial...
DEC 03, 2018
Health & Medicine
DEC 03, 2018
Why Do Some Men Have Trouble Growing Beards?
There are two types of men in this world: those that can grow robust beards, and those that can’t. But why is it that some men get stuck with patchy,...
DEC 15, 2018
Videos
DEC 15, 2018
Using Genomics to Study Bacterial Evolution and More
Learn more about how genetics and bioinformatics techniques are helping researchers to understand how microbes adapt, survive and spread in the world....
Loading Comments...