Have you ever had a song stuck in your head?
You know the feeling, you can’t stop singing the same line over and over again, even though you don’t even know the rest of the song. This is called an earworm, also known as involuntary musical imagery (INMI).
Earworms are very common. Up to 98% of people in the Western world have experienced them. They can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, or musical taste.
There are a few reasons why earworms happen. One reason is that our brains are wired to remember catchy songs. When we hear a song that we like, our brains store the melody and lyrics in our short-term memory. This memory can then be triggered by something else, such as a similar song, a smell, or a visual cue.
Another reason why earworms happen is that our brains are constantly trying to fill in gaps in our knowledge. When we hear a song that we only partially know, our brains will try to guess the rest of the lyrics. This can lead to the song getting stuck in our heads.
What Song Has Been Playing In Your Head For Awhile And Won’t Stop Playing?
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