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Offline ConfusedHermit

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When I have a song stuck in my head, my logic has always been "Just listen to it and it will become unstuck; you'll be satisfied."

When I REALLY want a certain food, I can tell that my body, brain, and tongue are working together to tell me "Hey, we want the nutrients (or junk) this food provides, go get us some."

So I wonder, are music cravings no different than food cravings? Music makes us feel emotions, and emotions are just chemicals (just like food is just fuel and nutrition). So is a song being stuck in your head just your brain telling you "Go listen to this because we want more dopamine to get through the day?"


 

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Re: Are music cravings no different than food cravings?
« Reply #1 on: 22/07/2013 16:13:36 »
When I have a song stuck in my head ...

The Germans have a good word for it ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohrwurm
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Re: Are music cravings no different than food cravings?
« Reply #2 on: 23/07/2013 01:21:00 »
When I have a song stuck in my head ...

The Germans have a good word for it ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohrwurm
Earworm... I'd say that's a pretty accurate description for the more annoying songs that might get stuck in our head :{D~

I think what I'm more curious about is about the songs that aren't stuck in your head because they are annoying, but the ones that stick around because you enjoy them so much.

If the brain likes a song and therefore the song provides dopamine and makes you feel good (or any other emotion chemical), is the brain intentionally making the song 'get stuck' for you to provide it the dopamine it wants? Like if you had the best meal of your life, and your body/brain/tongue set themselves to make you want that meal again?
 

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Re: Are music cravings no different than food cravings?
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