From: Olivier Driessens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 03 Mar 2003 - 23:18:33 GMT
last year I graduated at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in the
communication sciences. I wrote a thesis about memetics: the main
part was theoretical, but I also added a little research. This
research, a survey, concerned what James Kellaris calls the 'Stuck
Song Syndrome'. Tunes are often given as examples of memes, so I
wanted to know if this is correct. It appeared it is. To give some of
the results that are significant here:
- everybody (students communication sciences and students at the conservatory) already had a tune stuck in his/her head that didn't want to disappear for some time
- causes: more than 50% of the students have had these tunes because others sang/hummed/imitated them
- and often these are not consciously heared
- 'solutions': 16% of the students pass the songs through to others
(and also often unconscious); 11% sings another song; 5% tells about it etc.
Together with a professor I'm preparing an article to present the
results of this research. For the moment, I'm no longer continuing
the research itself because I'm studying sociology in Leuven.
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