Want to block earworms from conscious awareness? B(u)y gum!

  title={Want to block earworms from conscious awareness? B(u)y gum!},
  author={C. Philip Beaman and Kitty Powell and Ellie Rapley},
  journal={Quarterly journal of experimental psychology},
  volume={68 6},
Three experiments examine the role of articulatory motor planning in experiencing an involuntary musical recollection (an "earworm"). Experiment 1 shows that interfering with articulatory motor programming by chewing gum reduces both the number of voluntary and the number of involuntary-unwanted-musical thoughts. This is consistent with other findings that chewing gum interferes with voluntary processes such as recollections from verbal memory, the interpretation of ambiguous auditory images… CONTINUE READING