A Fascinating Description of Musical “Brainworms”

If you’re like me, you get a song stuck in your head just about every day.  Yesterday it was “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.   Today it’s “Just hear those sleigh bells ringlin’.”  That’s right, even though it’s mid-August, I have a Christmas song lodged in my brain.  In this short [...]

If you’re like me, you get a song stuck in your head just about every day.  Yesterday it was “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.   Today it’s “Just hear those sleigh bells ringlin’.”  That’s right, even though it’s mid-August, I have a Christmas song lodged in my brain.  In this short clip, Oliver Sacks, a leading figure on the neurology of music, explains why these “brainworms” arise.

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