Earworm neuroscience: why some songs stick in our brains : Short Wave Why do some songs can stick with us for a long time, even when other memories start to fade? Science reporter (and former Short Wave intern) Rasha Aridi explains the neuroscience behind that surprising moment of, "Wow, how do I still remember that song?!"

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Why music sticks in our brains

Why music sticks in our brains

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Why do some songs can stick with us for a long time, even when other memories start to fade? Science reporter (and former Short Wave intern) Rasha Aridi explains the neuroscience behind that surprising moment of, "Wow, how do I still remember that song?!"

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, edited by Gisele Grayson and Viet Le, and fact-checked by Berly McCoy.