Dr Vicky Williamson

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? That’s called an earworm and Dr Vicky Williamson was at Edge Hill University to discuss her research on the subject.

Listen to an interview here, where Dr Williamson, a researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, explains more about the music in people’s heads.

Her survey-based research shows that 91.7% of people reported having an earworm at least once a week. Dr Williamson discussed her findings at the University’s recent Cognitive Science Research Group Seminar Series, looking at what makes a tune stick in the head, whether certain personality traits make people more vulnerable to earworms, and what triggers earworms.

The Cognitive Science Research Group Seminar Series is being organised by Dr Craig Thorley and Dr Lauren Knott from the Department of Psychology. If you wish to find out more about the Cognitive Science Research Group or their seminar series, contact craig.thorley@edgehill.ac.uk or visit the research group’s website at www.edgehill.ac.uk/psychology/the-research-group.