How Earworms Are Born: An EEG Study of Original Melodies That May Come to Stick in the Brain


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Earworms often occur when a tune resides in the head and cannot be easily shaken. The present experiment studies which melodic features lead to earworms and how the brain responds to those features. The experiment employed Eigenvector Scaling of five short identical-length 8-bar melodies composed to share the same timbre, key, meter, tempo and volume. 3 sets of melodies were presented in all possi...


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