Earworms may be annoying, but they are excellent memory aids, and can trigger calming emotions. Photo: Getty Images
Earworms may be annoying, but they are excellent memory aids, and can trigger calming emotions. Photo: Getty Images
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How earworms, those annoying musical fragments that repeat in our heads, may trigger memories and calming emotions

  • Music is great for encoding and retrieving memories, a therapist says, rebuilding and strengthening pathways in the brain
  • Learning names or new faces or places could be paired with an individual music fragment

Earworms may be annoying, but they are excellent memory aids, and can trigger calming emotions. Photo: Getty Images
Earworms may be annoying, but they are excellent memory aids, and can trigger calming emotions. Photo: Getty Images
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