Having started to work, you understand that the motive of the song is tightly fixed in your head and does not let you forget about yourself all day, forcing you to constantly sing along for yourself already podnadoevshy motive. Eventually, the obsessive cyclical passage begins to irritate, but continues to persistently break through the stream of thoughts, and so on until you are completely exhausted, finally, fall asleep.

So why are the songs literally stuck in our head? Experts say that the melodic melody is a kind of "parasite", which, penetrating the head, creates something like "brain scabies" and fills the head with an obsessive musical rhythm. The only way to ease this "itching" is the need to repeat again and again in my head a boring motive. Unfortunately, as in the case of mosquito bites, the more you scratch - the more it itchs.

When listening to a song, the person activates the auditory zone of the cerebral cortex. Researchers from Dartmouth College found that when playing a part of the already known piece of song to the subjects under test, the auditory zone of the participants automatically supplemented the rest. In other words, the brain continued to "sing" after that song was completed.

There are several other theories about why songs "get stuck" in the head. Some researchers argue that stuck songs are like thoughts we are trying to suppress. The more diligently we try not to think about them, the more they take over our consciousness. Other scientists believe that obsessive melodies are just a means to occupy the brain while he "idle". And how many hypotheses are devoted to this phenomenon, as many as it has names, starting from "repeating" to "melodic".

So why do some songs get stuck with us, and others do not?


Get rid of the intrusive melody

Marketing professor at the University of Business Administration of Cincinnati James Kellaris conducted a study devoted to obsessive melodies and "brain scabies", during which he found out that 99% of people periodically become hostages of such "itching". James argues that women, musicians, people in a state of nervous tension and stress are most vulnerable to this scourge. And if everything is clear with musicians (they obviously have to listen to music), then why women are more prone to this "scabies", he can not yet give an answer.

Usually such songs have a simple and cheerful motive, as well as extraordinary, constantly repeating words or an unusual rhythm.

Researchers also do not have a common opinion about why one music is willingly stuck in the minds of people, and another is not. Although probably every person has a composition that can simply drive him crazy with his annoyance. Usually such songs have a simple and cheerful motive, as well as extraordinary, constantly repeating words or an unusual rhythm.

Many people (74%) "suffer" from songs with words, but (15%) people can wear out from advertising motives or background instrumental themes (11%).

In contrast to the widespread assertion that "brain scabies" are caused by songs that we hate, a study was conducted that proved that this is not quite so. More than half of the interviewed participants, who were "brain itching" from melodies-parasites, claimed that they liked them, and 30% treated them indifferently. And only 15% noted that they hated the melodies that sounded in their heads.


And how do you get rid of the song parasitizing in your head ?

Unfortunately, there are no unequivocally correct and proven methods of getting rid of obsessive melodies. It happens that the melody repeats only a couple of minutes, sometimes a few days. Of course, the melodies-parasites are not usually of special concern, but if they are extremely annoying to you, then try these options:

  • Sing another song or, if you can, play some melody on the instrument.
  • Switch to another activity - for example, you can go push-up or shake the press.
  • Constantly listen to different music (this works effectively for some people).
  • Turn on the radio or player to make your brain "change the record."
  • Share the song with a friend (but do not be surprised if after that he hates you).
  • Imagine a parasite song as a real creature that has settled in your head, and try to kill it as intricately as possible.
  • In any case, do not worry, if the melodies-parasites and stick to your head - this is normal!