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How To Get That Stuck Song Out of Your Head

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You heard a throwback song this morning and now it’s being an annoying theme song for your whole day.  It’s stuck and your humming it, whistling it and it won’t go away.  Scientists have finally figured out a way to get you some peace.

Dr. Ira Hyman is a music psychologist at Western Washington University has just finished a study that found the best way to get a song out of your head is . . . solving a puzzle that’s kinda hard. When a song is stuck in your head, it’s actually because that song is dominating your working memory. When you force your brain to concentrate on something else, like a Sudoku puzzle or a video game, you can push the song out. But, if you pick a puzzle or a game that’s too easy or too hard, it won’t engage your mind enough.  So as long as it’s sort of hard, it should work!

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