Why is it that when we only hear part of a song it immediately gets stuck in our heads but not when we hear the full song?

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Why is it that when we only hear part of a song it immediately gets stuck in our heads but not when we hear the full song?

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When you hear a full song, say one that is 3 minutes long, it gives you multiple layers of instrumentals and also the lyrics and their qualities for 3 whole minutes. Because of this, your brain passively interprets the song and becomes kind of fatigued. After only 19 seconds however, the brain only absorbed a little and has more time to actively process it. If the song is significantly catchy, it can become stuck in your head.

Our brains seek patterns and completion. We invented music and therefore know it’s rhythm and expect it’s satisfying end. If we don’t get that then often we can’t get over it.