Friday Faves March 7, 2014

If Karma Chameleon is stuck in your head, you're not alone

I've suffered from "earworms" for as long as I can remember. I ALWAYS have a song stuck in my head (it's not always an annoying one, but there are many popular ones, such as "Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction, Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" and Peter Gabriel's "Big Time"), so I'm very excited to see that scientists are taking on this interesting problem as a focus for research in a new study published at PlosONE.

Many people enjoy their "Involuntary Musical Imagery" but like me, may use other music to distract them away from it (that's why I study with the radio on). They also tell us the songs that multiple people reported getting stuck in their heads! When they said God Save the Queen, I thought they meant the Sex Pistols version, but alas, no.

Read more here!

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Great Tits pay a cost to fool competitors

These clever birds are extra careful about hiding their eggs if they think competing birds are in the 'hood. They likely do so to conceal how many eggs they have, so other birds will think the habitat is inferior, and leave. When scientists uncovered their eggs, and played competitor's songs, the tits went a little overboard the next day to carefully cover their eggs again. Read about it here.

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Did you miss dogs in February?

If so, @DogSpies has compiled all the dog news you need to know in one handy place! February brought us many interesting studies about dogs responses to human voices, their vision, and on the dog-human relationship. Get your fix here!

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2 thoughts on “Friday Faves March 7, 2014

  1. So that's what it's called! Earworms. I directed choirs and bands for over 20 years, and would have perpetual earworms with everything from short musical phrases to entire suites. Even as a young kid I experienced earworms daily. Now I am plagued with them due to the various ringtones and alarms of my cell phone. Ah well, at least I now have a name with which to associate them. Earworms be gone!

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    1. Mikel Delgado

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      Casey, one other interesting thing about them is that musicians are more likely to "suffer" from them!

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