Have you ever had a song stuck in your head?
That’s an earworm… and we’re collecting them!
We are researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London. In collaboration with BBC 6Music and the British Academy, we are conducting research to find out about the music in people’s heads, sometimes called ‘musical imagery’.
We want to know all about it; which songs are the most common, whether people like it or don’t, what triggers it, if some people have music in their head all the time… and so on!
In particular we are interested in earworms which are a special type of musical imagery. An earworm is a short part of a tune that comes into your head and then repeats for a while, for anything from a few minutes to hours. It can have words or it can just be a melody or a rhythm. Earworms are generally very persistent and it can be difficult to make them stop! The experience of an earworm can be pleasant, unpleasant or move between the two over time.
If you want to quickly tell us about an earworm then there is a short report form at the BBC 6 music site. You can fill in as many of these short reports as you like, the more the merrier!
We really appreciate all information and can promise complete confidentiality.For more information about our project head, including details of our publications, please head over to the Goldsmiths site.
NOTE: From October 22nd the earwormery questionnaire will be relaunched so if you took part before you are now welcome to take part again!
Between 2009 and 2012, 8538 people took part in the first survey and all that data has proved invaluable for our research (and will continue to be in the future).
Please help us make our second survey just as successful!
Huge thank you to all!!