• Question: Why is it, if something gets stuck in your head (like a song) the best way to get rid of it is to listen to it??

    Asked by kayleighd to Tess, Kate, Mark U, Yue on 3 May 2012. This question was also asked by hannnahlou.
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      Tess Newman answered on 3 May 2012:

      Wow – I haven’t tried this, but i’m going to now! Songs that get stuck in your head like this are sometimes known as ‘earworms’ – usually with an upbeat melody and catchy lyrics. Apparently even Mozart suffered from them. Some people think that singing the whole song with help, or trying to replace it with a different song, but there seems to be no real solution for everybody. So if listening to it works for you, go for it…