Latest Earworm Stories

2010-12-01 08:30:00

CLEVELAND, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Earworms are songs that get stuck in your head and refuse to leave, playing over and over again in an endless loop. It's also the name of a new iTunes app from Sideways that lets users infect friends and enemies with those same songs. Earworms gives users a choice of 20 unfortunately unforgettable song samples such as "Safety Dance," "Whip It" and "Poker Face." The user emails a selected earworm to a friend (or enemy), knowing that the tune is then...

2010-05-26 10:25:00

University of Montreal study on those pesky earworms Some 98 to 99 percent of the population has, at some point, been "infected" with a song they just can't seem to shake off. This common phenomenon has rarely been researched, until Andr©ane McNally-Gagnon, a PhD student at the University of Montreal Department of Psychology, decided to examine the issue in an ongoing investigation. In most cases, earworms will disappear after a few minutes. In some cases, earworms can last hours or even...

2010-05-20 10:14:00

ATLANTA, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- May represents the beginning of a season known for television sweeps, school dances, summer radio sing-alongs - and songs that get stuck in peoples' heads. In an effort to explain this phenomenon known as an "earworm," HowStuffWorks.com, the award-winning, unbiased online source for thousands of topics, is sharing information on the topic, "Why Do Songs Get Stuck in My Head?" Earworms cause a "brain itch" in the auditory cortex that makes a person's brain...

2009-05-07 14:33:10

A Texas A&M University researcher says he has shipped nearly 17,000 corn earworms to U.S. students in 12 states so they can learn about the wonders of science. Craig Wilson, a senior research associate at the university's Center for Science and Mathematics Education, with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shipped the corn earworms to kindergarten through 12 grade students so they could observe various aspects of the earworm as it transforms from its larvae stage into a moth....

Latest Earworm Reference Libraries

2005-09-08 09:32:38

The larva of the moth Helicoverpa zea is a major agricultural pest for cotton (where it is known as the cotton bollworm), corn (where it is known as the corn earworm), tomatoes (where it is the tomato fruitworm), and many other crops. The adult moth, pictured here is a pollinator. It is very cosmopolitan in what plants it will use as larval food.

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