Why does music get stuck in our heads?

Psychologist Lauren Stewart on earworms, their features and function

videos | August 30, 2019

We analyzed a set of tunes that were commonly reported as earworms versus a control set of tunes that were matched for chart success and popularity and sometimes the artists themselves. What we found was that the commonly reported earworms were characterized by certain features that were a combination of predictability and something quirky.

Professor of Psychology — Goldsmiths, University of London
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