In this interview Wertheimer describes the part of songs that get stuck in people's head. "It's a small part of the song, oftentimes from the chorus that's just sort of looping in their heads as though they can't quite finish the entire song" (Wertheimer). This shows the annoying aspect of earworms, that you can only think of a certain part of the song and not the whole thing. This means that you will only have one part of a song on loop in your hear for 5 minuets to maybe even a whole day. The Anatomy of a Musical Earworm. 2012, go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=Audios&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm¤tPosition=1&docId=GALE%7CA313755858&docType=Audio+file%2C+Broadcast+transcript&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=&prodId=SCIC&contentSet=GALE%7CA313755858&searchId=R3&userGroupName=j084910011&inPS=true.
This article describes which songs can get stuck in your head from "Bad Romance" to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Lead author Dr Kelly Jakubowski from the Department of Music at Durham University, said: 'Our findings show that you can to some extent predict which songs are going to get stuck in people's heads based on the song's melodic content" (Durham University). Based on this comment more people that enjoy upbeat songs are more likely to get earworms rather than people that listen to goth or classical. Why Some Songs Get Stuck in Your Head. 4 Nov. 2016, go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=News&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm¤tPosition=1&docId=GALE%7CA468775628&docType=Article&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=&prodId=SCIC&contentSet=GALE%7CA468775628&searchId=R1&userGroupName=j084910011&inPS=true&authCount=1&u=j084910011.
Jarrett, from readers' digest, explains to avoid tasks that are either too easy or too difficult, "Any kind of activity that increases your mind-wandering will also provide fertile ground for an earworm to develop" (Jarrett). This comment creates the idea that if you already have an earworm, then you should try to avoid these kind of tasks, if you dont want to make it worse. It also tells you what to do if you are trying to stay focused and how not to get distracted by getting an earworm. Jarrett, Christian. “How to Kill an Earworm.” Research Digest, 30 July 2016, digest.bps.org.uk/2012/12/27/how-to-kill-an-earworm/.
According to TIME Magazine, over 90% of adults experience earworms on a weekly basis. Most earworms tend to be parts of a song, such as one verse or chorus, and not the whole song. Earworms can be triggered by something that reminds you of a certain song or artist/band (TIME). The article states that earworms and music pays a role in your memory. Some musice can keep you from memory loss and improve your memory. This article describes how some people with neurotic or obsessive-compulsive traits can have earworms that last longer than other people. TIME Magazine describes how chewing gum, eating, or holding a conversation can help "kill" the earworm. Heid, Markham. “Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?” Time, Time, 24 Jan. 2018, time.com/5115013/song-stuck-in-head-earworm/.
This article describes common personality train for people that get songs stuck in their head along with frequent types of songs that get stuck in your head. Pappas states that people that are more musical get songs stuck in their head more often. She also discovered (from the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts journal) that songs with longer notes and smaller pitches are a common trait in popular songs that get stuck in your head. The article states that while it is not clear why earworms get stuck in our head and that they are involuntary, they do have a common point of appearance. And that is when you are doing something routinely (Pappas). Pappas, Stephanie. “Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?” Live Science, 5 Mar. 2017, www.livescience.com/58120-why-songs-get-stuck-in-head.html.
This article, published by CBS News, describes how the size and shape of a person's brain can determine how often you get a earworm (Welsh). Welsh explains how the majority of songs that get stuck in peoples' head have the same melody and they are mostly from Western Pop music. Some personality traits can determine which songs get stuck in our head and how long they stay on loop in your mind. Welch, Ashley. “Psychologists Identify Why Certain Songs Get Stuck in Your Head.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 3 Nov. 2016, www.cbsnews.com/news/psychologists-identify-why-certain-songs-get-stuck-in-your-head/.