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It happens all the time -- you get a song stuck in your head, try to hum it to friends and no one has a clue what you're talking about. You continue thinking about it until you finally hear a snatch of it again -- from a TV show, the radio or in a store. Sometimes it comes from a pretty far away, too.

For such a simple phenomenon, it's hard to say how these happy accidents occur. Ira Winkler, a professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University, thinks a few things are likely. "One possibility is that it may be something that happens naturally, in the synchronization of music theory that allows us to achieve this progressively better singing."

In a 2007 study he and his colleagues asked 984 people to listen to two songs in random order. Half were shown the second song and half were shown the first. The participants then made "A-to-B" mappings. Basically, with one finger on either a D or a G string, you were trying to learn music A → B while saying A-to-B/A-to-A. As they made these mappings, the participants wore electronic pads attached to their skin that measured the electrical activity in their brains.

Results showed that in the zebra finches, as predicted, humming now led the birds to tune in to the A, D and F strings. The team's control group -- singers who didn't hone their figures during the experiment -- was much slower at getting to the Maths D -- F string.

From this, they concluded: "A humming-solo function allows us to use short-term memory to get closer to chords and why you prefer them when they are just right to song," says Winkler. Not only that, but he believes that song details as legible as the words we've written down do help us to retain song details.

Could this be a human skill, or even a human social adaptation?

Winkler thinks it may be tapped like language learning. Meditate, meditate Ira Winkler's methods prioritize getting to know an object or basis for discussion. It's part of the short-term memory mnemonic, sorts up those details that are important and gets back to the sources of our knowledge like things burned into our digital slates. Ira Winkler's methods value the benefits of basic outlook.

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