How do “earworms” start? Classifying the everyday circumstances of Involuntary Musical Imagery

  title={How do “earworms” start? Classifying the everyday circumstances of Involuntary Musical Imagery},
  author={Victoria Williamson and Sagar Ramesh Jilka and Joshua Fry and Sebastian Finkel and Daniel M{\"u}llensiefen and Lauren Stewart},
  journal={Psychology of Music},
  pages={259 - 284}
Involuntary Musical Imagery (INMI) or “earworms” describes the experience whereby a tune comes into the mind and repeats without conscious control. The present article uses an inductive, generative, grounded theory-based qualitative analysis to classify reports of everyday INMI circumstances, and creates graphical models that determine their relative frequency within two population samples; listeners to the BBC radio station 6 Music and an online survey. Within the two models, four abstract… 

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