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Earworms Infect ‘Science Friday’

Earworms Infect ‘Science Friday’

Ever since I interviewed Elizabeth Margulis about her book, On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, I’ve been hyper-aware of the bits of music that float through my mind and sometimes stick there, looping over and over.

Margulis was featured on the May 30 episode of Science Friday on Public Radio International. She talked with Ira Flatow and callers to the show about repetition in music and the earworms that have annoyed most of us. In a related story, Chau Tu asks Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads and includes links to super-sticky earworms suggested by listeners. My personal all-time favorite that I can’t help singing aloud is “Sweet Georgia Brown,” as my coworkers will attest. What about you? What shards of music take over your brain?


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