Explaining why songs get stuck in your head

The brain has its own jukebox - a personal sound system for your private listening pleasure. The downside is that it has a mind of its own. It often chooses the songs and it frequently gets stuck, playing a particular tune over and over until you are sick of it.

Now a new study, carried out by psychologists in partnership with BBC 6 Music and other international radio stations, has surveyed thousands of people to try to find out the various triggers that cause earworms to start playing.

Read more on our Research Digest.