by Julia Weinstein
Have you ever heard of an “earworm”? What about the term “sticky music”? That song that stubbornly plays in your head and sticks in your brain is an earworm. Whatever you call it, that tune playing over and over again in your head is a universal and shared human experience. Researchers have studied and written about this phenomenon and Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain have mentioned it. There is even a TED-Ed on the topic.
Sometimes earworms are so annoying that we need an antidote. Just check Google for a suggestion on a cure: how about chewing gum? Or humming “God Save the Queen”?