You know that song that’s stuck in your head? Well, it’s not really stuck; it’s actually reverberating around, bouncing off the bone of your skull when you hear it.
The way it’s bouncing is related to how you feel about the song. Try not to think too hard about it. You’ll get dizzy. A recent study from ASA Language Papers suggests that the shape of that beautiful skull of yours has something to do with the songs you like—or dislike, to be more specific.
Of course, at kubxlab, we are obsessed with our iPhone 5 amplifier cases, so the idea that we pick our favorite jams based on the shape of our heads intrigued us.
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The study polled participants on which of several, stylistically variant melodies they enjoyed. Next, they put a microphone against each person’s skull and had them tap to calibrate the resonance and compared the results. The skulls didn’t affect these selections; it was personal preference. We’re free to choose!
What’s interesting is that the resonances had a lot to do with which frequencies people didn’t like.
The disliked music fit a narrow selection of musical keys that varied according to skull resonances. So when a song comes on that gives you a headache it’s because your skull is unhappy.
Remember, this only applies to human skulls, which is why your dog might go running every time you blast “I Love It” by Icona Pop in your living room.
So next time you hear a song you hate through your iPhone amplifier case, thank your skull for ruining it for you. I know, you really wanted to like that Eiffel 65 “Blue” song, but what can you do about it? We only get one skull.