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Earworm – Getting Songs Stuck In the Mind

May 22nd, 2014 by

An earworm is best described as a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing. There are several phases describing an earworm.  These descriptions include…

  • musical imagery repetition,
  • involuntary musical imagery, and
  • stuck song syndrome.

Musicians and people with OCD most commonly suffer from earworm attacks. An earworm involves a small portion of a song, a hook. That auditory portion is equal to the memory capacity of the victim’s auditory short-term memory. (more…)

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