Get Rid of "Earworms" by Playing Out the Full Song

Get Rid of "Earworms" by Playing Out the Full Song lifehacker Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker Video index Skillet Two Cents Vitals App directory Gear Get Rid of "Earworms" by Playing Out the Full Song Mihir Patkar 4/12/14 4:00pm Filed to: Mind Hacks Psychology Music Earworms 38 4 Edit Promote Share to Kinja Toggle Conversation tools Go to permalink Got a tune stuck in your head? Fire up your favorite music player or YouTube and play the song through to the end to get rid of that "earworm", suggests Dr. Fredric Neuman, Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Center at White Plains Hospital. Advertisement It's worth noting that Dr. Neuman is upfront about this not being a scientific study, unlike the one that recommends doing a puzzle to get rid of earworms . Meanwhile there are other solutions like replacing it with another song. Dr. Neuman does not deny those, but simply adds his method, which is similar to a treatment technique is applied to compulsive behavior. Advertisement When a compulsive behavior cannot be resisted by the affected person, it is sometimes possible to alter it so that it is less compelling. Rather than stopping thinking an upsetting thought by an effort of will, the individual is instructed to think of it in a different way... Anyway, when I get a tune stuck in my head, I play it out to the end. That works for me. As Dr. Neuman says, the trial-and-error method is a good way of trying to treat unimportant medical matters. If you try this out, share your experience in the comments. For science. Earworms: A Suggestion For Treatment | Psychology Today Sponsored Photo by photosteve101 . Gear from Kinja Deals Your Top Five Picks For Best Chef's Knife Parachute's Essential Quilt is Just the Right Amount of Weight and Texture Get Your Own Personal Coca-Cola Fridge To Put Coca-Cola In Reply 38 replies Leave a reply You may also like Adequate Man The 2016 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog Wednesday 11:45am io9 The First Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailers Are Here, Guest-Starring Iron Man (UPDATED) Yesterday 9:01pm Kotaku Pewdiepie Hits 50 Million YouTube Subscribers, Says He'll Delete Channel Tomorrow Yesterday 2:00pm Recent from Mihir Patkar 2 20 12K Lifehacker · Mihir Patkar Sleeptime Calculates Your Bed Time Based on Your Sleep Cycle Yesterday 5:30am 4 25 7.5K Lifehacker · Mihir Patkar Your Hobby Is Action, Not Accumulation Yesterday 5:00am 4 43 44.9K Lifehacker · Mihir Patkar This Great Course on Beating Procrastination Used to Be Paid, Now It’s Free Yesterday 4:30am Share Tweet About Blog Need Help? Content Guide Lifehacker Store Redirecting to the Lifehacker store in Disclaimer: You are leaving a Gizmodo Media Group, LLC website and going to a third party site, which is subject to its own privacy policy and terms of use. Continue Permissions Privacy Terms of Use Advertising Jobs RSS ©2016 Gizmodo Media Group Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.