When a Song Gets Stuck in Your Head

It tends to happen when we’re in a good mood and doing something that doesn’t require a lot of concentration, according to University of Montreal professor Sylvie Hébert and doctoral student Andréane McNally-Gagnon. As Hébert suggests in a write-up of their research:

Perhaps the phenomenon occurs to prevent brooding or to change moods.

The researchers did find that most people still report being in a positive mood after they’ve gotten the song out of their heads, but many describe their mood as neutral once it’s gone —though so far it’s unclear whether the song kills the mood or vice versa.

Category: Positive Psychology


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