Have you ever been infected by an earworm?
May 29, 2010 2:03am CST
I am not talking of worms in ear, it is all about songs. Some 98 to 99 percent of the population has, at some point, been 'infected' with a song they just can't seem to shake off. Researchers in Canada have sought to examine the phenomenon. This common phenomenon had rarely been researched until Andreane McNally-Gagnon, doctoral student in psychology, University of Montreal (UM), decided to examine the issue in an ongoing investigation. In most cases, earworms (songs, jingles, and tunes that get stuck inside your head) disappear after a few minutes. In some cases, earworms can last hours or even days. McNally-Gagnon is also a musician, who is often infected, which is why she wanted to better understand how and why it occurs. The researchers found earworm infections last longer with musicians than with non-musicians. The phenomenon occurs when subjects are usually in a positive emotional state and keeping busy with non-intellectual activities such as walking, which requires little concentration. For starters, she asked French-speaking internet users to rank 100 pop songs according to their ability to be compulsively repeated within one's mind. The top five were: 'Singing in the Rain' (Gene Kelly), 'Live Is Life' (Opus), 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' (Bobby McFerrin), 'I Will Survive' (Gloria Gaynor) and, in first place, 'Ca fait rire les oiseaux' by Caribbean sensation La Compagnie Creole. These findings were published in Molecular Endocrinology So what about you, do you love music, hear to songs, are you infected by the so-called ‘ear worm’? I am fond of old Hindi movie sons of 60’s, and devotional songs, we call as ‘BHAJAN’ ; right now I am hearing it in low volume. Friends, please share your views on this. Happy posting, cheers, have a great day. Prof
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29 May 10
This bug often attacks me, and often also with songs from the sixties, and even the fifties. One on your list has been an offender on several occassions. Don't Worry, Be Happy, was popular when I used to have my kids every second weekend, and it often has infected me. It could well happen again today, and if it does, Professor, I know who to blame, don't I?
• Garden Grove, California
29 May 10
hi professor oh yes I w ent around all one day singing and hymning the old Beatles song I Cant Help Falling In Love With YOu,it is one of those songs that is so easy to sing and the words just seem to sit right with the melody so it sings out beautifully. Like this " Wise men say only fools rush in, but I can't help falling in love with you." and no I am not in India but in America, I am an American and foond of old Beatlessongs.