Research on Stuck Song Earworm Syndrome

There is very little scientific research on stuck song earworm syndrome, also known as involuntary musical imagery (INMI). INMI is the experience of having a song or melody "stuck" in one's head, and it is a phenomenon that has been reported by people across cultures and throughout history.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this study, you must: 1. Be at least 18 years old. 2. Be able to read and understand English. 3. Currently be experiencing an earworm. 4. Be willing to provide information about the song that is stuck in your head. 5. Be willing to provide contact information in case we have questions about your responses.

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Questions for Research on Stuck Song Earworm Syndrome

1.

How often do you get music stuck in your head?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Every day
  2. A few times a week
  3. About once a week
  4. A few times a month
  5. Once a month
  6. Less than once a month
2.

How long does it last?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Few seconds
  2. Few minutes
  3. On repeat
  4. Never
3.

What type of music are you listening to?

The answer should be a text input.
4.

Any thoughts on why this is happening? Share your observations

The answer should be a text input.

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Research on Stuck Song Earworm Syndrome

What is stuck song earworm syndrome?

Stuck song earworm syndrome is when you can't get a song out of your head.

Does stuck song syndrome go away?

There is no known cure for stuck song syndrome, but it is believed that it eventually goes away on its own.

What does the stuck song syndrome treatment involve?

There is no known cure for stuck song syndrome, so treatment typically involves trying to distract yourself from the song until it eventually goes away on its own. This can be done by listening to other music, focusing on another task, or even trying to think of the lyrics to a different song.

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