Why do songs get stuck in our heads?
Do you sometimes hear the same song, over and over. Polls show that most of us have experienced these hearing ear worms. Nine out of 10 report having them at least weekly.
Who remembers these classic offenders? "Who Let the Dogs Out?" or "The Macarena." And my personal favorite, "Call Me Maybe." So what does science tell us about this musical torture? Not a whole lot yet. But we're working on it.
Some say ear worms keep our brains occupied when they have nothing better to do. Others believe that they cause a part of our brain called the auditory cortex to itch. Which means we have to scratch it.
There are some oh, so helpful cures. They include singing the whole song to its end. Or occupying your poor brain some other way. Like solving puzzles.