What is the mechanism that makes you want to listen to the same music repeatedly?


David Blackwell.

People tend to prefer music that they have heard, such as humming when they realize that they have remembered a song that was played many times on the radio. Also, playlists on music players like iTunes have the ability to show past views, but it's easy to see which one is your favorite. Researchers at the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas explain the mechanism by which people listen to the same music.

Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon

In the early 1960s, psychologist Robert Zajonc demonstrated a 'mere exposure effect ' that enhances likability by repeatedly touching figures, Chinese characters, clothes, tastes, odors, and melody. According to Elizabeth Helmut Margulis of the University of Arkansas Institute for Music Recognition, it is more effective than the 'mere exposure effect' when the music is repeated.

Bruno Nettur, an ethnomusicologist at the University of Illinois, said of the repetitiveness of music, 'some of the world's musical groups are incorporating it to characterize music.' Hit songs often play repeatedly on American radio, and according to Ohio State University musicologist David Huron, more than 90% of the music people listen to is heard once before it's available. It's a song that I have experience with.

Repetition has a powerful effect on music, but Diana Deutsch, a psychologist at the University of California, San Diego, has found an even stronger example. It is an application of the repetitiveness of music to a speech, and the following is a speech where you can actually experience the effect. 'The sounds as they appear to you are not only different from those that are really present, but they sometimes behave so strangely as to seem quite impossible. The sound sounds incredibly strange), and then repeats 'sometimes behave so strangely.'

If you then listen to the following, you will hear the same sentence, but only part of it stands out.

Generally, 'singing' and 'speech' are regarded as different things, but by repeating one phrase in the same sequence, the effect of the repetitiveness of music can be incorporated into the speech. When you hear 'sometimes be have' as if the next phrase comes to mind while listening to music, you will inevitably be associated with 'so strangely'.

Margulis himself, the author of this blog, is one of the researchers who studies the repetitiveness of music, and is conducting experiments using Rondo-style music that repeats the same tune. When we divided the two groups into a group in which the classical Rondo-style music with many repetitions and a Rondo-style music with few repetitions and abundant tonal changes were repeatedly listened to, the classical Rondo-style music was observed. It was said that people tended to take the rhythm with their fingers and sing the lyrics more often.

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Also, according to an experiment conducted by a research team of the University of Helsinki psychologist Carlos Pereira, when listening to well-known music, whether you like it or not, people's brains become more active in the area that controls emotions. It has been reported that familiar music works unconsciously. It's no coincidence that music around the world repeats the same phrase, and it turns out to have a real scientific effect.

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