What are those darn earworms and how can I get them out of my head??!!

Posted by Curt Kinghorn on Mar 7, 2017 8:54:02 PM

The other day, I got a bit of a Nookey Jones[i] song called Sweet Wine stuck in my head! This is a phenomena called an “earworm” or sometimes called a brainworm, sticky music or stuck song syndrome. An earworm is a piece of music that gets stuck in your head and continually repeats even though no music is playing. An earworm was even the basis of an amusing story by Mark Twain!  (A Literary Nightmare (1876))  According to research by James Kellaris (a business professor at the University of Cincinnati!!), 98% of people experience earworms[ii].  In a study presented at the conferences of the Society for Consumer Psychology in 2001 and 2003[iii], Prof. Kellaris also reported that men and women experience earworms about equally often[iv]. But, earworms tend to last longer for women and irritate them more.[v]  Also, musicians are more likely to experience earworms than nonmusicians[vi] and people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are more likely to report being troubled by earworms.[vii]

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Does Size REALLY Matter??

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