Earworms: Kolaveri Di and the Pathogenesis of a Musical Malaise

ResearchBlogging.orgLike the rest of the nation (and some would say, the world), I have been asking myself over and over again why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di. And in addition to that I have been asking myself why the heck does this happen to us in the first place. Now if you are not aware of what an earworm is, then take a look at the Wikipedian definition:

Earworm, a loan translation of the German Ohrwurm, is a portion of a song or other music that repeats compulsively within one’s mind, put colloquially as “music being stuck in one’s head.”

Use of the English translation was popularized by James Kellaris, a marketing researcher at the University of Cincinnati, and American cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin. Kellaris’ studies demonstrated that different people have varying susceptibilities to earworms, but that almost everybody has been afflicted with one at some time or another.

And in case you have been living under a rock or buried under mountains of MCQs, then, this is the latest viral video on YouTube, an awesome earworm-ey number by Dhanush, called why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di. Take a listen:

Now that you have been enlightened about the comings and goings that set this post off, it is time to muse on the matter of earworms. While you are reading this, I highly recommend turning Kolaveri Di on, because, admit it, it will be playing in your head anyways. You might as well take it one step closer to beat that Bieber chick.

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Penile Cancer: Another Reason to Stop Banging Animals: (Insert Zoophilia Joke)

First up, I cannot believe the numbers! This is awe-inspiring. I read the abstract three times in order to convince myself that I was not seeing things. More than the results of the study itself what intrigues me no ends is how the researchers got the participants to open up about screwing with Billy. Billy as in Billy, The Goat. Not as in Billy Ray … Continue reading Penile Cancer: Another Reason to Stop Banging Animals: (Insert Zoophilia Joke)

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"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win."

Have you heard of Sanjit Bunker Roy? NO? Of course. Your nose mjust have been buried in some rotten MCQ book like mine. Go read this then. STAT! One of the prestigious Time 100 in 2010, he is one rebel I would love to emulate. Check out this TED talk of his. [Thanks to Dr. Rakesh Biswas for pointing it out] I have a few … Continue reading "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win."

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The Map of the Cat Conundrum: Richard Feynman and AIIMS November 2011

Well, that sounds like an odd assortment of topics to group under the same heading, does it not? Well, today I had the misfortune of experiencing first hand what Feynman had described ages ago in Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman? As my blog readers might know, I had an examination today, and before you ask me, I will submit that it did not go all … Continue reading The Map of the Cat Conundrum: Richard Feynman and AIIMS November 2011

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Trendelenberg vs Trendelenburg: What’s in a name?

I have a slew of exams lined up and am recovering from a (suspected) repetitive stress injury of the right wrist. Combined, they have managed to keep me offline long enough to stay off the blog. But since yesterday my wrist has been feeling a little more supple and hence, this post. Not much of a post, more like… musings. So as any medical student … Continue reading Trendelenberg vs Trendelenburg: What’s in a name?

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