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i've been ear-worm free all day, but no longer so. arffff.
Earworm, a loan translation of the German Ohrwurm, is a term for a song stuck in one's head. Use of the English translation was popularised by James Kellaris, a professor of marketing at the University of Cincinnati. His studies appeared to demonstrate that different people have varying susceptibilities to earworms, but that almost everybody has been afflicted with one at some time or another.
Earworms may be songs or tunes that become stuck in the phonological loop, the part of the brain that rehearses verbal information in Baddeley's model of working memory. This usually happens when a person sings the song or hums the tune once and then repeats it in his or her mind.
Synonyms for earworms include "Last Song Syndrome", "repetuneitis", or in extreme degree "melodymania". A "repetune" is a song or other musical piece stuck in one's head. More recently, the term "Jukebox Virus" has entered the lexicon, reflecting the almost unlimited options for self-torture that many who are afflicted with this condition can choose from.
Medications that are used to treat Obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety can alleviate the symptoms of earworms.
although they can't be discounted from the daily ear-worm either. yesterday was a pretty much instrumental dj shadow track.
we need to be able to minus votes too!