Got an Earworm? Banish It By Solving Puzzles

The other night, the theme from The Cleveland Show was looping in my brain.

There’s old friends
And new friends
And even a bear

Over and over and over again.  I have no idea why.

It eventually went away (although now it’s back as I write this), but now I have a cure:  puzzles.  Tackling an anagram or working on some Sudoku seem to do the trick, crowding out the annoying song loop (as long as they’re not too hard; you have to be able to solve them for this cure to work.)

Details on this study from Western Washington University can be found at the Daily Telegraph.  Thanks to John for the tip.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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